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I can remember watching comedy shows as a kid where one of the characters would be sick in bed or laid up and having a bedside bell to ring for when they need assistance or help (getting a blanket, need water, turn off the light, etc.).  And then sometimes the other character would respond to…

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If you are someone who is hard-of-hearing or is deaf and have found it difficult to communicate with those around you, you might be able to use one of the following three applications on your phone or tablet. Basically, the three applications below are ones that will produce speech to text on-the-go. For no cost…

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What’s a Smartpen? These handy devices are pens that record both your handwriting and audio while you write. When you tap on the notes you’ve written with a smartpen, it will play back the audio recorded at the exact moment you were writing. This technology is great for anyone, but especially for those with difficulties due…

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Early this year I had the pleasure to attend the ATiA 2019 Conference – one of the biggest assistive technology conferences in the world. ATiA Conferences offer hundreds of ways to learn about assistive technology through sessions, speakers, brainstorming sessions, and hands-on opportunities. There, I attended a session called, “Access Granted: Gaming for Accessible Switch Users“.…

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During these cold winter days it is nice to spend them indoors and watch a favorite TV episode, movie or series.  But what if you have a partial hearing loss or maybe your hearing aids just aren’t enough to hear the TV? Missing dialogue, muffled words, or straining to hear are the common complaints of…

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About the Training One of the requirements of each Assistive Technology Act Program is to provide training in at least one of the areas of Information and Communication Technology. To start this endeavor, we will first be addressing electronic document accessibility.  Thanks to Minnesota’s State AT Act program, MN STAR, and the MN State Office of…

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Thanks to Possibility Makers like you and your Giving Hearts Day donations last year, Kemo, Shirley, Mark, John, Myron, Cathy, and 26 other people received assistive technology (AT) through the Possibilities Fund to help them live fuller, safer, more independent lives.  From March 2018-February 2019, the funds raised provided equipment such as: An assistive listening…

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Last Summer at Camp Grassick I was introduced to Mickey Teubner.  He had recently moved back to North Dakota and was attending ND Association of the Blind’s weeklong camp.  I soon learned that Mickey who is blind is very computer savvy and was looking for a refreshable Braille device. I told him about one of ND…

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Dual Sensory Project and iCanConnect: Resources for North Dakotans Who are Deaf-Blind This week’s blog is going to cover two programs in North Dakota which affect those with vision and hearing loss.  It seems to me that people with this dual sensory impairment or those working with this group often don’t realize that there is…

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  What is HERO? HERO stands for Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization. We do healthcare supplies. Affordably. HERO collects and distributes donated healthcare equipment and supplies at low or no cost to benefit those in need locally and globally. Our mission is to provide access to affordable healthcare equipment and supplies for all, through the collection…

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