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The Homer Player: an audio-book player designed for the elderly and great for everyone!

The Homer Player is one of the most straight forward, elegantly simple, and delightful apps that I’ve stumbled upon. It hits all of the initial markers that I look for in Assistive Technology (AT): Intuitive Actively updated Great customer support Does what it says it does with the least frills possible (Sounds like boyfriend material. I […]

Belkin Takes the Stage: Two Tablet Stands for Scanning Docs and More!

We work with many people in the school and business worlds who need to be able to take pictures of text and have it read back through apps such as Prizmo and KNFB Reader. When more than a few pages need to be scanned, we suggest a tablet stand of some sort.  We recently acquired the Table […]

Be My Eyes For a Minute!

Great news for Android users! Be My Eyes, a free application that was only available for iOS devices is now available for Android users! Today marks the beginning of access to the app for those who have print disabilities and volunteers alike. I’ve waited and waited and now it’s finally here!   So what does […]

Windows Ease of Access Center Makes it Easier to Focus on Tasks

Windows Ease of Access Center includes features to make staying focused on tasks easier! What is the Ease of Access Center? The Ease of Access Center includes a wide array accessibility of settings users can adjust to make controlling the computer easier. Its features include settings for people with low vision or blindness, hearing impairment […]

No Fee-Emergency Alert System for Home with Your Cell Phone!

I was recently working with a woman who wanted her husband to be able to stay at home safely with an emergency alert system, but they only had a cellphone and could not afford another monthly fee. We decided to try a combination of the Freedom Alert with the X-Link Bluetooth Adapter. The Freedom Alert is a […]

Do You Hear Me Now? An Amplified Phone for a Landline

There are so many excellent amplified phones for landlines made these days, but I want to mention one of these phones that I especially like.  The Panasonic KX-TGM450S cordless phone has great amplification (50 dB) but I found these other attributes that really make this phone special.   Loud 112 dB ringer Talking caller ID […]

Never be late with the Alarmy (Sleep If You Can) App!

Waking up is hard, and the coming winter months bring additional challenges to getting out of bed. We do not have the sun and chirping birds to naturally wake us up anymore. Plus the idea of getting out of a warm bed to meet cold air feels amost unbearable. For people with disabilities, the difficulties […]

“Ask My Buddy,” a Friend in Time of Need

For those of you with an Amazon Echo, Google Home, or Microsoft Cortana device, there is a new application that can help you in time of need.   The application is called Ask My Buddy.  It is an alert system using only your voice.  It can be used to contact your close friends or family […]

Vision & Hearing Services in MN/ND Highlighted on PPT’s Compass!

On the July 20, 2017, episode of Pioneer Public TV’s, Compass, two informative segments were shown that focused on services for people with hearing and vision loss in ND and MN. “Compass is a weekly discussion of public policy and important issues facing local communities in Pioneer’s viewing area.” Many of our blog readers are in this area, so […]

May the Meds be With You with Medisafe!

There are an abundance of apps available for users to remember to take their medications. Narrowing down which one to use can be time-consuming and confusing.  Researchers from Sydney, Australia have narrowed down the pack with their study published on December 2, 2016, where they  reported that “On the basis of the MARS assessment [Mobile […]