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VR-Transition Program Update

If you are, or you know, a student or family member who is a ND high school student with disabilities age 14-21, this update is for you! This past year, an increasing number of ND high school students with physical, sensory, intellectual, mental and communication disabilities have utilized the services made available through Assistive’s Agreement […]

The Ability to Read for Everyone!

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teacher.” – quote by Charles William Eliot   As a former librarian, one of my favorite programs was the Talking Book Program run by the National Library Service for the Blind and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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. […]

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 […]

Battery Operated Switch Scissors–It Really “Makes the Cut!”

Switch-adapted scissors from Enabling Devices will allow children and adults with varying types of disabilities participate in art and other classroom or home activities. They are easy to use. Only requirements are a switch and 2 AA batteries.  I tried them while the scissors was attached to the base unit, and then again after disconnecting […]

Fun Switch Toy that Creates Art – the Color Bug!

Switch adapted toys help kids with varying types of disabilities imagine, dream, problem solve, learn, and develop new skills through play! These toys are a crucial part of child development and come in many shapes and sizes; toys that light up, move, flash, sing, make music, interact, and more. Every so often, I am lucky […]