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The Wheel for the Apps Goes Round and Round….

There are many iPad apps out there for Autism, but how does one know which ones to investigate for the common learning characteristics of individuals on the Autism Spectrum (ASD)?  When looking for apps for students with ASD, it’s important to consider all educational apps, and not just those labeled as Autism apps, but the […]

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!

I Went To Therese Wilkom’s Make And Take Workshop And This Is What I Thought!

Recently, Therese Willkomm “The MacGyver”of Assistive Technology (AT) flew from her home in New Hampshire to teach North Dakotans and Minnesotans how to better make a positive impact on other’s lives through AT made on the fly. She uses common products to create amazing results. The average person walks by a political sign and sees just that. […]

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. […]

CuStOmIzEd and m.o.d.i.f.i.e.d. Assistive Technology!

Assistive Technology (AT), by definition is: Any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, MODIFIED, or CUSTOMIZED, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Did you know North Dakota has experts in modifying and customizing Assistive Technology?  North Dakota’s Life Skills and Transition Center service’s include […]

New Mobile Device Stand with Wheels & Power!

At ASSISTIVE, we get many requests from individuals wanting to use their tablet or smartphone in bed without having to hold it.  For some people I have worked with recently, the LEVO G2 Deluxe Tablet Stand has been the solution.  This stand is on a 20 pound cast iron base with wheels and is height adjustable from 30″ to […]

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, […]


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