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Assistive and HERO Celebrate Older Americans Month!

May is Older Americans Month and this year’s theme is Engage at Every Age. The theme emphasizes that you are never too old (or too young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental and emotional well-being and celebrates the many ways older adults make a difference in our communities. Assistive and […]

The Silver Alert System: Locating Our Population Who Are Vulnerable

Today, May 3, marks one year that North Dakota signed the Silver Alert system into law.  ND’s Silver Alert system is a quick response system to help locate missing persons that include disabled and vulnerable elderly adults, as well as minors who have developmental disabilities. The Silver Alert System works much like the Amber Alert […]

The Critter Catcher as Assistive Technology?

  Do you have difficulty retrieving tiny items off the floor such as your pills, band-aids, contact lens, hearing aid battery, coins, etc., and your standard Reacher is not cut out for the job?  If so, the Critter Catcher just might do the trick!  This clever device, created to catch and dispose of the occasional arachnid […]

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 […]

Assistive Celebrates Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Week

Assistive is pleased to recognize Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Week April 8-14 and are happy to celebrate it with all of our partners who are Vision Rehabilitation Therapists. The ND Department of Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the ND Vision Services/School for the Blind are experts we lean on as a resource,  and they […]

We Will Be Closed Friday, March 30th

We will be closed Friday, March 30th. Have a Happy Easter or Passover!

AbleLink Apps Create Independence: Part 1

I have been following the work of AbleLink Technologies since I first saw them at a conference back in the late 90’s. I remember being captivated by their software applications on Personal Digital Assistants or PDAs, which helped people with cognitive disabilities increase their independent living and works skills.  Today the company is still at it […]

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 […]

Brain Injury Awareness Month

            March is a time to conduct awareness on brain injury and recognize that more than 5 million Americans or more than 13,000 North Dakotans currently live with a disability as a result of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). TBI is the result of external trauma to the head or […]

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 […]