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Fidget Cube: Small in Size, Big on Benefits

Do you or someone you know bite their nails, click their pens, twirl their hair, or jangle their keys?  Most of us do it, fidgeting is a common characteristic in all ages.  Fidgeting can include small movements of the hands when one becomes nervous, bored or impatient. A small little device they call the Fidget […]

EMMA – a wearable invention that could change the life of someone with tremors

There is a new program on the BBC entitled “The Big Life Fix” which pairs an inventor with someone in need to tackle real life problems.  The first episode featured Emma Lawton, a graphic designer who suffers from Parkinson’s disease with inventor Haiyan Zhang.  In the past Haiyan worked on a cutlery product for people […]

Glad To Be Part of Something Grand!

Hi! My name is Annette Goehring.  I’m a native of Zeeland, ND. My husband Doug and I live in Bismarck. We have six children (three sons and three daughters) ranging in age from 16 to 32.  We are also abundantly blessed with seven fun and energetic grandchildren (four boys and three girls) ranging in age […]

Assistive Technology Doesn’t need a Computer Chip!

Do you see the Assistive Technology (AT) in this picture? If you guessed the rubber band, you are correct! This little “high tech” piece of rubber can help an individual with vision loss detect the right condiment, shampoo from conditioner, etc., and even though it doesn’t “plug in” or have electricity, it is still AT. […]

A new “Gizmo” for people who may wander, and it’s available from Verizon!

Are you looking for a GPS device that will assist someone who has Alzheimer’s, autism, or a tramatic brain injury that will work also as a phone? The GizmoPal 2 watch from Verizon might be a possible solution. I met a woman at the State Capitol’s Disabilities Day who had purchased the GizmoPal 2 watch […]

Join Assistive at the Capitol for Disability Awareness Day!

  We invite you to join the Assistive team and many other businesses for Disability Awareness Day at the North Dakota Legislature on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the Great Hall of the state Capitol in Bismarck. This event is sponsored by the North Dakota Disabilities Advocacy Consortium (NDDAC). Their goal […]

Nothing is Impossible: a woman with ALS uses a phone for the first time in four years

Through Assistive’s services Geraldine Oas, a woman with ALS, worked with an Assistive Technolgy (AT) Consultant and found AT solutions to connect her to her loved ones, complete daily tasks, and have a little fun. Tammy Jo A. Taft of the Traill County Tribune interviewed Oas last February, and here is an excerpt from her article: […]

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 […]

TBT: Giving Hearts Day Donations Changed this Woman’s Life

A “Throw Back Thursday” (TBT) post to not too long ago when we received a letter detailing exactly how donations raised during Pedaling for Possibilities and Giving Hearts Day funded an iPad that changed a woman’s life.  After working with IPAT staff, Judy Wall, a woman with low vision, determined Assistive Technology (AT) was what she […]

It feels a little like coming home!

  Hi, my name is Beth Bakke Stenehjem and I am the newest AT Consultant in the Mandan Office.  For the past 14 ½ years, I have been the director of the ND FFA Foundation.  While I loved this position, I was ready for a change and leapt at the chance to be part of the […]