May 21 2015

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New iPad and Mobile Device Mounts Available for Rent from IPAT: Part 2

RJ Cooper’s Extension Arms and Tablet Holders

Last month in Part One we talked about two mobile device mounts new to the IPAT equipment loan library, Modular Hose and the Latitude Mount. Here are two more mounting systems,equally as interesting, that can be attached to a bed, wheelchair or table. These are new to our IPAT Equipment Loan Library and available for rent …

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May 19 2015

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The Scoop On Digital Hearing Aids

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, “About 2 percent of adults aged 45 to 54 have disabling hearing loss. The rate increases to 8.5 percent for adults aged 55 to 64. Nearly 25 percent of those aged 65 to 74 and 50 percent of those who are 75 and older …

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May 15 2015

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Counteract Tremors with Liftware

Eating with tremors associated with Essential Tremor or Parkinson’s Disease can sometimes be an arduous task, and, at times, near impossible. Liftware is a simple device which may overcome this barrier and allow people to once again enjoy meal time. Liftware automatically stabilizes and cancels out a tremor by up to 70%. The first video below …

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May 12 2015

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New iPad and Mobile Device Mounts Available for Rent from IPAT: Part 1

Looking for a new mount to make that iPad or new Android tablet accessible for someone to use while in a wheelchair, bed, or table?  Here are some mounts that just might do the trick.  These are new to our IPAT Equipment Loan Library and available for rent by going to the IPAT AT4All website or by calling 1-800-895-4728. Stay …

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May 04 2015

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How to Set Up Bluetooth Switch Controls with an iPad

IPAT receives calls daily from people using assistive technology (AT). An AT call currently popping up is from families, therapists and teachers looking for help setting up a Bluetooth switch to control an iPad. While preparing this blog to address that question, I came across a wonderful resource that provides step-by-step directions and a YouTube video for the commonly …

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May 01 2015

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Compression Socks: On and Off!

Compression socks (or stockings) are a specialized hosiery designed to improve blood flow in your legs. They can can help with swelling, aching and heavy legs, and prevent blood clots. Although there are a number of benefits, these specialized socks can be difficult to put on and take off. Some trivial tips include: allowing lotion to dry …

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Apr 27 2015

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ALS Association of MN/SD/ND: Another Assistive Technology Funding Resource!

Do you know someone with ALS who needs assistive technology (AT)?  If they live in MN, Eastern SD, ND or Superior, Wisconsin, help may be available! The following two programs in relation to AT are provided by the ALS Association-MN/ND/SD Chapter and are made possible by donations and fundraisers.  If you do not live in this region, check …

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Apr 23 2015

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U.S. Currency Reader Free of Charge!

Under the U.S. Currency Reader Program, U.S. citizens or persons legally residing in the U.S. and its territories who are blind or visually impaired can obtain a currency reader device at no cost. The currency reader, known as the iBill® Talking Banknote Identifier, is compact in size, easy to use, and provides a response within …

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Apr 16 2015

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Be My Eyes – People Helping People

Smartphones, tablets, and apps – three things that have, in the past ten years, completely changed the way the world gets things done. Jobs and tasks that required a duffle bag full of items and tools have now been condensed down into one small and portable device. Smartphones, tablets, and apps help people stay organized, communicate, get tasks …

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Apr 14 2015

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Landline Not Required! Part 2: Landline-Style Phones for Hearing Loss

Have a hearing loss?  Need an amplified phone? No landline? No problem! Use your existing cellphone service to connect via Bluetooth to the landline-style phones below.  These phones offer the look, feel, and features of a landline phone without requiring landline phone service.   Clarity Sempre An amplified, corded phone that provides 53 dB of amplification, …

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