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Posts By Beth Bakke Stenehjem

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

Seeing AI: EYE Like It!

Microsoft just came out with a new app for iOS products: the Seeing AI application.  This app debuted in July and already has created quite the buzz among people who are visually impaired or blind.  The app was designed in part by software engineer Saqib Shaikh who is blind.  Because of his impairment, Saqib knew […]

Coolest Thing Ever! A Fully Inclusive Amusement Park and Splash Park

A favorite summer activity for young and old is going to an amusement or water park.  But for someone with a disability, these parks are only partially accessible.  Gordon Hartman, whose daughter has special needs, recognized the limitations of parks and decided to design a place for everyone to enjoy.  His daughter Morgan was the […]

Color My World

I distinctly remember the point in the book The Giver when I realized that this seemingly Utopian society had lost the ability to see color.  I kept wondering what that would be like and how different everything would be to me.   For those who are colorblind or have a Color Vision Deficiency (CVD), the […]

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 […]

We Can All Learn a Lesson From a Fifth Grader Who is Blind

  When Hibiki Sakai was a baby, he was diagnosed with retinoblastoma in both eyes and lost his sight due to the life-saving surgeries that were necessary.  Fortunately, this hasn’t stopped this ten-year old from enjoying video games like other young boys. Hibiki, a 5th grader from Japan, recently sent the Nintendo company a letter, […]

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 […]

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, […]