North Dakota Assistive

ND Assistive | Assistive Technology Blog

Archive for the ‘Communication’ Category

Aided Language Stimulation Explained by Cartoon!

Recently I attended a webinar from Saltillo, which had a great video for teachers and parents explaining Aided Language Stimulation  I have been sharing it with my parents and teachers quite a bit lately, so I thought it might be time to “blog it”. Aided Language Stimulation is a researched based type of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) […]

GoTalk NOW App

I finally had the chance to sit down and really dive into the GoTalk NOW App. Here’s what I found! Overall Ease of Use: I highly recommend having the user guide open and readily available as you initially explore this app. The user guide features a quick-start section that will introduce you to the app’s core […]

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 […]

The Wheel for the Apps Goes Round and Round….

There are many iPad apps out there for Autism, but how does one know which ones to investigate for the common learning characteristics of individuals on the Autism Spectrum (ASD)?  When looking for apps for students with ASD, it’s important to consider all educational apps, and not just those labeled as Autism apps, but the […]

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 […]

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 […]

911 and Texting in North Dakota: It’s HERE!!

As of today, texting a 911 operator is now a possibility, statewide in North Dakota. This is a major service improvement for people with hearing or speech disabilities, enabling them to text for help in an emergency. Contacting dispatch operators by texting may also aid those in situations, such as domestic violence, where calling 911 […]

iPad Bluetooth Switch Access Disconnecting? Get Hooked!

We have been using Bluetooth switch interfaces with the Apple mobile devices and the built-in switch access for a few years with our clients here at IPAT.  We have found that in some instances, the switch interface’s Bluetooth connection with the iDevice disconnects frequently, and the individual does not have the support system to get it […]

Amplify YOUR Voice on the Phone

Many times we think of solutions to amplify the incoming voice during a phone call. However, what about amplifying your outgoing voice? Whether it be from surgery, illness, or simply having a soft voice, there is technology to assist in this barrier. Below are a few great phones that amplify your voice and come with some wonderful features. […]