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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Berkowitz has issued an order for everyone in Anchorage to “Hunker Down” starting Sunday, March 22nd, at 10:00 pm through Tuesday, March 31st.

With that order in mind, we have made the difficult decision to suspend in-person services until further notice. We will continue to operate in a limited capacity; our team is still available for information and resources remotely during regular business hours. We are providing distance demonstrations of appropriate equipment and will continue to provide loans through a sanitary process. We understand that at this time, you may have increased assistive technology needs, and we are prepared to be as responsive to those needs as possible. Please contact us at (907) 563-2599 or

We feel we need to follow the Mayor’s measures to support the community in this effort while considering the best interests of our clients and employees and the company in these hard times.

Stay safe, and we will get through this!
Sanitizing Technology
It is essential to sanitize your technology to prevent the spread of infection. Residual pathogens may remain on devices used by persons that could result in the transmission of infection from viruses such as COVID-19. 

Sanitizing AT is a two-step process:
Step 1: Cleaning - removing all soil from the device
  1. Turn off the device and remove batteries. 
  2. Remove any visible dirt or debris that is attached to the device, then wipe down with cleaning wipes. You can use a cotton swab soaked in a cleaner to get into any tight areas that were not accessible by the cleaning wipes.
  3. Let the device dry completely.
Step 2: Disinfection - destructing pathogenic microorganisms that can cause disease
Use the appropriate antibacterial chemicals, apply in a proper manner, for the recommended amount of time. Device manufacturers make recommendations for the proper care and sanitization of devices used in home care.

For example, Apple recommends using a soft, lint-free cloth to wipe down your iDevice before using a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipe to gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces. They say not to use bleach and to avoid getting moisture in any opening of your iDevice.

As a comparison, AbleNet recommends using a clean towel or wipes with Virucidal, Bactericidal, Pseudomonacidal, Tuberculocidal, or Fungicidal to disinfect the surfaces of your device. They say it is important to note that these chemicals only disinfect when they are wet and should be left wet on the device for at least 4-minutes.
When sanitizing your AT, be sure that the area you are working on has also been sanitized before you begin the process. We would hate for any devices to get ruined due to improper sanitization practices. If you have any questions about sanitizing your device, please contact us at
Resources for Working or Learning from Home
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Zoom has compiled resources to help individuals effectively work from home, educate over zoom, host virtual events, and understand telehealth - click here to view these resources . Zoom does have closed captioning however it’s done one of two ways, either assign a team member to type closed captions or arrange a third-party closed captioning service. Click here to view Zoom’s keyboard shortcuts.
Zoom Educational Resources
Under Zoom’s basic, but free meeting plan, there has always been a 40 min limit on group meetings. They have lifted this time limit for K-12 schools in the US. Click here to learn more about this and to apply for your school to be included (link for US schools located under March 13 announcement). Towards the bottom of the link you’ll also find account features, benefits, and links to how to access these features. In addition, there are resources for Administration and Educators to leverage Zoom for virtual learning. 
Zoom Employment Resources
TechSoup is currently offering non-profits a 1-Year Subscription to Zoom Meetings Pro Plan for $65.00, normally priced at $179.88. Click here to learn more about this opportunity. If you’re using Zoom for the first time while working from home, or would like to freshen up your skills, click here to get quick info on how to utilize Zoom.
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Google is providing free access to “advanced” features for Hangouts Meet to all G Suite and G Suite for Education to customers globally through July 1st. That means organizations can host meetings with up to 250 participants, live stream to up to 100,000 viewers within a single domain, and record and save meetings to Google Drive.

If you need captions for video meetings in Google Hangouts, click here to learn how to use live captions. If you use your keyboard to navigate your computer, click here to view the keyboard shortcuts for Hangouts.
Microsoft Teams
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Microsoft Teams is a collaboration tool, designed for document sharing, management, and communication while integrating seamlessly with other Microsoft cloud products. It also allows you to host online meetings using audio and video with anyone within or outside your organization.

 If you need captions for video meetings in Teams, click here to learn how to use live captions. If you use your keyboard to navigate your computer, click here to learn the keyboard shortcuts for Teams.
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Dolphin is providing 3 months of free access to their SuperNova software for visually impaired students and 30 day free access to SuperNova Enterprise for visually impaired individuals working from home.

For students, email the parents’ name & email addresses, the school name/address and the student age or school year to: .

For employees, click here to register.
Amazing Educational Resources
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This public website was originally created as a google document for people to share free resources due to schools closing. Due to the overwhelming response, it was created into a website with over 1,000 free resources. Free apps, activities, courses, ebooks, lesson plans, virtual tours, and other great resources. Click here to view these resources.
Resources for Life in Unique Times
Upcoming Events
April events have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keep an eye out on our Facebook for some upcoming webinars and distance trainings! If you have a topic to request, feel free to fill out our community outreach request below! Please don't hesitate to let us know how we can support you in these difficult times.
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