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Posts By Beth Bakke Stenehjem

Back to School: Lock it Up!

It’s time to think about going back to school.  There are the typical supplies needed: pencils, paper, calculators, binders, homework folders, etc.  If a student is entering junior high, there are many other things to consider: use of lockers, changing of classes, and implementation of new rules.  What if a student needs to use a […]

Back to School – 4 Week Countdown

It’s crazy to think that school is starting so soon; already we see all the stores with their Back to School Supplies Sales and Supply Lists. So basically in a month, many schools in North Dakota will be in full swing.  I came across a website of a nonprofit organization, Understood, that looks interesting.  Their […]

Two Adaptive Robotic Feeding Systems: A Comparison

So much of our lives center around food.  The importance of a family eating together has been well-documented and is part of our socialization as people.  But what about someone who is not able to eat on their own?  How does having a caregiver feed you everything that goes into your mouth affect that experience? […]

Time for the Longest Day of the Year – June 21

As we near June 21, the longest day of the year, I have become aware of The Alzheimer’s Association’s fundraiser for this day.  The association asks that you show your love on June 21 for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.  They have created a fundraising event that both symbolizes the daily challenges of Alzheimer’s and […]

Raise Your Voice to Elevate the Fight Against ALS

May is National ALS Awareness Month.  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  The ALS Association is asking supporters to “Raise Your Voice to Elevate the Fight Against ALS” in May. I plan in this month’s blog to talk about the importance of your voice.  People with ALS are robbed […]

AIRA Glasses – Trained Eyes

My co-worker, Tami, and I went to the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in San Diego last month and there were so many AT (assistive technology) devices to see in the exhibit area and many great workshops on accessibility and AT.  One of the AT items I’ve been interested in for some time has been the […]

Be My Eyes Update

It seems to be the week for updates.  I wrote a blog in October about the Be My Eyes App which had just become available for Android users.  In the past it was only available for iOS users.   This blog can be read at http://ndipat.org/blog/be-my-eyes-for-a-minute/.   Be My Eyes is an app that connects customers […]

Update on Seeing AI Application: More Channels and More Countries

In August I wrote a blog about Seeing AI (http://ndipat.org/blog/seeing-ai-eye-like-it/) which is an iOS application designed primarily for those who are blind or visually impaired.  This FREE app uses the camera on an iPhone or iPad to describe the world. Here is the update.  In addition to reading short text immediately, scanning and dictating a […]

Thank you, Giving Hearts!

Thanks so much to all of you who made our Giving Hearts Day a success for Assistive.  With your help, we raised more than $13,000 and (even more important) raised the awareness of what Assistive can do for people. All the funds raised will go towards our Possibilities Grant Program.  This program provides assistive technology […]

Giving HEARTS Day is HERE!

It’s finally here!  Giving Hearts Day – a chance to make a difference.   HERO and ND Assistive work hand in hand to provide area residents with accessible, affordable healthcare equipment and assistive technology.  Together we make our community better by providing important resources for those in need. This Giving Hearts Day you can be […]