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Posts By Jeannie Krull

Jeannie Krull is a Senior Assistive Technology Consultant and Program Director with IPAT. She has worked with people with disabilities of all ages since 1991, and is an ASHA certified speech/language pathologist and a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional.

Difficulty Hearing on the Phone at Work? A New Captioning Solution for Business!

Do you have difficulty hearing on the business phone in your office? Hamilton CapTel recently introduced captioning software that can be installed on the Cisco Business phones and can be used by registered users. This software solution, Hamilton® CapTel® for Business, Interconnected by Tenacity can caption incoming and outgoing calls with customers, as well as, interoffice […]

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 […]

Marv Bossart Foundation/HERO Free U-Step Walker Program

Do you have Parkinson’s and have difficulty walking?  The Marv Bossart Foundation for Parkinson’s Support offers free U-Step Walkers (see more information below) through HERO in Fargo.  They do this as part of their mission to make sure every Parkinson’s patient who is at risk of falling due to balance and stability issues does not go without […]

We Are Officially ASSISTIVE!

We are now Officially ND ASSISTIVE!! Our open houses in Mandan and Fargo are complete. We are all so excited and grateful to be working at ASSISTIVE and to continue to help people with disabilities discover that there is NO impossible with Assistive Technology! Thank you to all who helped make this possible including David Hanson […]

Did You Get That? Two-Way Call Button Pagers for Piece of Mind

We have recommended call button pagers such as the Caregiver Call Pager and the Wireless Personal Pager for people with disabilities to notify their caregivers within the same household for years. However, picture this scenario-man with a disability wants to notify his wife who is doing laundry in the basement. He pushes the button, but is not […]

Whaaaaat’s S’Up: Eat with a Spoon Again!

Do you have trouble feeding yourself with a spoon due to Parkinson’s, Essential Tremor, Cerebral Palsy, or disabilities with similar needs? The S’Up Spoon just might help! Created by Grant Douglas and an industrial engineer from 4c Design in Glascow, Scotland,  the S’Up Spoon allows you to scoop food in its deep cavity or pocket and […]

Assistive Technology: Know About It Before You Need It!

  I will never forget, about 15 years ago, hearing the following from a teary-eyed consumer,  “If I had only known about this locked medication dispenser, I never would have put my dad into a nursing home! Medication was the only reason he couldn’t live in his own home.”  At that point in my work […]

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 […]

Diminish Screen Flicker & Brightness for People with Brain Injury

For some people with brain injury, lights can be debilitating due to photosensitivity. Some accommodate this by using sunglasses and hats with brims, however, this doesn’t do much for the bright,  flickering lights emanating from computer and mobile device screens. I was working with an individual with a brain injury last week who needed such an accommodation because […]

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 […]