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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 […]

Medical Alert Systems: Switch Adapted Options

Many individuals of all ages require some type of Medical Alert Systems that can alert friends, family, caregivers or even local emergency services outside the home when they need help. But what if an individual can’t use their hands to press a button, requiring a switch adapted Medical Alert System? Through this blog I will […]

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 […]

Voice Controlled Calculator Apps – Give Your Hands A Break!

Give your hands a break, and make your voice go to work Voice recognition software has been around for many years, but was recently popularized by Siri, iOS’ voice assistant. Now people are using their voice to complete tasks from setting an alarm to wake them up in the morning to figuring out Elvis’ favorite color. For […]

Zoom in on This New Low Vision App

Ever struggled to read on your smartphone/tablet because of your sight? If you’re suffering from an eye disease such as macular degeneration or glaucoma or just having trouble to read those tiny characters on your device then ClariaZoom may be for you. ClariaZoom makes your devices accessible and easy-to-read thanks to its big character interface, […]

Get Help in an Emergency with the Samsung Gear S3 and NO Monthly Fee!

Do you or a loved one need an emergency alerting system and only have cellular service?  Do you want to avoid another monthly fee? If you already have a smartphone, the Samsung Gear S3 smart watch just might be your ticket to safety at home and on the go!  This watch has all of the great features […]

Throw Back Thursday: our first piece of assistive technology

In honor of TBT (Throw Back Thursday) check out Assistive’s first Equipment Loan Library device! The Ability Switch Tester! The Ability Switch Tester, model 65955, is control switch assessment system designed for use with individuals who use control switches to operate devices. This unit provides visual and auditory indications when a switch is activated. The […]


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