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indePENdence

The C-Pen Exam Reader pen scanner is a great tool for individuals who comprehend more successfully when their exam questions are read to them. Students who have reading difficulties can independently take exams knowing that they can read and understand the questions. The pen can read text in English, Spanish, French, German or Italian!  It is a […]

Coolest Thing Ever! A Fully Inclusive Amusement Park and Splash Park

A favorite summer activity for young and old is going to an amusement or water park.  But for someone with a disability, these parks are only partially accessible.  Gordon Hartman, whose daughter has special needs, recognized the limitations of parks and decided to design a place for everyone to enjoy.  His daughter Morgan was the […]

Let’s Go to Camp!

Everyone wants to go to summer camp, including children and adults with disabilities.  But where can they go? Elks Camp Grassick is one choice for camping fun in the summer. This camp has been owned and operated by the Elks of North Dakota for over 50 years. It’s located near Dawson, ND.  Camp Grassick serves children […]

Happy Fourth of July from Assistive!

  From all of us here at Assistive, Happy Fourth of July!  Please note that the Assistive Offices in Mandan and Fargo will be closed July 3rd and 4th.

Mandan Office Closed June 28th & Fargo and Mandan Offices Closed On July 3rd

Both the Fargo and Mandan offices will be closed July 3rd. Have a safe and fun 4th of July celebration!

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, […]