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Gardening With Ease

Summer is officially here!  When you think of summer, one activity that comes to mind is gardening.  But for some individuals gardening can be difficult due to aging, injury or disease. The following is just a few of the adaptive gardening tools available to individuals with disabilities to enable them to gain access to gardening. […]

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 […]

New Tech! Sign Language Translation Gloves

We receive several calls each year from people who are deaf, inquiring about new technology that would help them communicate with hearing people who do not know sign language. Many want an electronic, portable sign-language interpreter, so they do not always have to rely on an actual person who is a sign language interpreter.   Taiwan YingMi […]

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, […]

My Deaf-Blind Journey by Shirley Robideau

In the early 1980’s, I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa.  I had never heard of the term and was terrified when the doctor said, “You are going to go blind.” I tried to find out as much as I could about RP but there was not enough information about it at the time.  My vision […]

ASSISTIVE Now Serves Minnesota!

– ASSISTIVE now serves people with disabilities and those experiencing the effects of aging in Minnesota. Thanks to a recent partnership with MN STAR, the Minnesota State Assistive Technology Act Program, we can provide assistive technology (AT) demonstrations and loans to Minnesotans at no charge. An inventory of equipment available for loan and demonstration can […]

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 […]

Get a Closer Look at the Optelec Traveller HD

Low vision products help individuals with vision impairments.  But with so many types and varieties of low vision products to choose from it is important to concentrate on the specific needs you have for a magnifier. The Optelec Traveller HD is perfect for those looking for a portable, lightweight video magnification device to read printed […]

Get a Grip on Your Hand Mobility

Have you been looking for a simple multi-use gripping device to assist with everyday tasks such as eating, brushing your teeth, or writing? NuMuv Products have developed the Grip-Aid.  This versatile assistive device is perfect for those with arthritis, grasp limitations due to surgery, or any other hand/finger disabilities. The Grip-Aid is ergonomically designed to […]