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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 […]

Assistive Technology Doesn’t need a Computer Chip!

Do you see the Assistive Technology (AT) in this picture? If you guessed the rubber band, you are correct! This little “high tech” piece of rubber can help an individual with vision loss detect the right condiment, shampoo from conditioner, etc., and even though it doesn’t “plug in” or have electricity, it is still AT. […]

A new “Gizmo” for people who may wander, and it’s available from Verizon!

Are you looking for a GPS device that will assist someone who has Alzheimer’s, autism, or a tramatic brain injury that will work also as a phone? The GizmoPal 2 watch from Verizon might be a possible solution. I met a woman at the State Capitol’s Disabilities Day who had purchased the GizmoPal 2 watch […]

Roll Your Way to Easier Computer Access

The RollerMouse by Contour www.contourdesign.com is an ergonomic alternative to the traditional computer mouse. It’s a mouse which moves a cursor around your screen which you control by moving a hollow tube around on a metal bar. If you want the cursor to move up, you rotate the tube away from you, and down you move it […]

Calibowl: a Non-Spill Bowl

  Having the right adaptive dinnerware can make all the difference in a meal.  Adaptive dining products come in a variety of designs to help make mealtime easier and encourage independent feeding. Introducing the Calibowl, the non-spill bowl.  Calibowl’s inner-lip guides food back into the bowl and onto the utensil eliminating over-the-edge spills, providing better […]

Difficulty Hearing on the Phone at Work? A New Captioning Solution for Business!

Do you have difficulty hearing on the business phone in your office? Hamilton CapTel recently introduced captioning software that can be installed on the Cisco Business phones and can be used by registered users. This software solution, Hamilton® CapTel® for Business, Interconnected by Tenacity can caption incoming and outgoing calls with customers, as well as, interoffice […]

Nothing is Impossible: a woman with ALS uses a phone for the first time in four years

Through Assistive’s services Geraldine Oas, a woman with ALS, worked with an Assistive Technolgy (AT) Consultant and found AT solutions to connect her to her loved ones, complete daily tasks, and have a little fun. Tammy Jo A. Taft of the Traill County Tribune interviewed Oas last February, and here is an excerpt from her article: […]

Learn How Assistive Saved a Woman’s Life!

We work with a lot of assistive technology (AT) devices here at, Assistive.  Some of this AT not only increases independence , but can actually save a life.  One of our very own board members, Carol Anhorn, discovered this. “As a marketing professional for more than 30 years, I have often been asked to serve […]

Marv Bossart Foundation/HERO Free U-Step Walker Program

Do you have Parkinson’s and have difficulty walking?  The Marv Bossart Foundation for Parkinson’s Support offers free U-Step Walkers (see more information below) through HERO in Fargo.  They do this as part of their mission to make sure every Parkinson’s patient who is at risk of falling due to balance and stability issues does not go without […]