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Nothing in life is free, right? Wrong!

When I look at the many applications out there, I become more and more aware of all the free applications available to those who are blind or visually impaired that really can open up the world. Lacey Long, vision teacher with Morton County, was over to visit our facility and mentioned some of the applications […]

7 Ways to Improve Direct Access to Tablets for People with Physical Disabilities

Are you working with someone who has trouble accessing the touchscreen on their tablet?  Here are a few ways to help improve access: Gloves/Mittens with One finger or Thumb Cut Out for Touch Screen Use To eliminate accidental touches and improve accuracy when using a touch screen, a glove or mitten with a hole cut […]

Basic Cell Phone Features You Probably Don’t Know Exist!

Within a short period of time phones have exponentially evolved from a household shared device to portable personalized smartphones that are capable of making calls and sending text messages, navigating through the world, teaching information, entertaining, acting as a personal assistant and so much more. Although these amazing features serve as a great benefit for many […]

How to Connect A Mouse and/or Keyboard to an Android Tablet

Did you know you can connect a keyboard and/or mouse to any smartphone or tablet supporting the Android Operating System? Yes – its true! This gives users the ability to maximize ease and comfort when using their devices. For some people with disabilities, the ability to use any keyboard or mouse can make using a smartphone […]

Getting the Read on Reader Pens, Let’s Compare

As a follow up to my recent post on the C-Pen Reader by Scanning Pens Ltd. I recommend you view the podcast below.  It contains information on the C-Pen Reader, and compares it to the ReadingPen 2 by Wizcom. Both pens were designed with the purpose of improving reading skills, understanding, learning, and utilizing text, but the […]

Creating an Accessible Word 2013 Document: It’s Easier Than You Might Think!

Creating an accessible electronic document may seem like a daunting task, but just like building an accessible home, if you do it right from the beginning versus trying to retrofit it later, the task is so much easier! So when I say “accessible electronic document”, what do I mean? An accessible electronic document is one […]

Don’t let rough terrain stop your cane travel; use the Dakota Disk to climb those mountains or trek through the snow

Several years ago I worked at ND Vision Services/School for the Blind and was a co-worker with Paul Olson who was then the Orientation and Mobility (O & M) Instructor.  Now Paul is the superintendent of the school but is still very involved with O & M.  In fact, he invented a new cane tip, […]

Fidget Cube: Small in Size, Big on Benefits

Do you or someone you know bite their nails, click their pens, twirl their hair, or jangle their keys?  Most of us do it, fidgeting is a common characteristic in all ages.  Fidgeting can include small movements of the hands when one becomes nervous, bored or impatient. A small little device they call the Fidget […]

EMMA – a wearable invention that could change the life of someone with tremors

There is a new program on the BBC entitled “The Big Life Fix” which pairs an inventor with someone in need to tackle real life problems.  The first episode featured Emma Lawton, a graphic designer who suffers from Parkinson’s disease with inventor Haiyan Zhang.  In the past Haiyan worked on a cutlery product for people […]

“Read All About It: the C-Pen Reader”

The C-Pen Reader is an ideal tool for students, teachers and professionals to capture essential information!   It is a totally portable, pocket-sized device that reads text out loud with an English or Spanish human-like digital voice. It’s a scanning pen that displays a word definition and reads text aloud to support individuals with reading difficulties. It’s […]