Sep 15 2014

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Assistive Technology Blogs

AT IPAT we take pride in providing assistive technology information that is enjoyable, interesting, and timely. So as much as we hope you enjoy the content that we provide, there are also other great resources out there.  Below you will find links to a variety of my favorite blogs. If I didn’t mention your blog, …

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Sep 08 2014

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BigBrowser App: Making Internet Navigation Easier for Individuals with Low Vision

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The iPad opens doors of opportunity for those with low vision. It makes reading possible (3 Ways to Read for iPad Users with Low Vision), serves as an affordable high end video magnifier (Turn Your iPad into a High-End Video Magnifier for Under $90), includes a built in zooming and magnifying gestures to use within …

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Sep 05 2014

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Need Help with Vision Loss? Find AT Related Services Here!

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At IPAT, we help people every week that have just experienced a new vision loss or their vision loss has progressed to where they need help beyond standard correction. Usually their first question is: “What does North Dakota offer in the area of low vision and blindness services? ” For today’s post, I thought it …

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Sep 03 2014

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Why Being an Assistive Technology Professional is Great!

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The assistive technology profession can be summed up like most great things. It’s rewarding but frustrating. Challenging but exhilarating. Inspiring and at the same time vexing. Technology is available for so many that could benefit yet they cannot afford it, and individuals that could be successful using a device may be resistant to trying it. …

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Aug 27 2014

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Brain Injury and Assistive Technology: 10 Devices for Memory Loss

There are so many assistive technology (AT) devices available to help compensate for lost or diminished abilities due to brain injury, it is hard to know where to start.  Today I thought we would address the area of memory loss and talk about just 10 items to get you started on your quest. Remember this list …

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Aug 25 2014

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ND Autism Voucher = Funding for Assistive Technology Devices

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If you have a child that has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is between three and 17 years old, the North Dakota Department of Human Services has a new program available. It is the Autism Services Voucher Program, and it can be used to help pay for assistive technology, training and other approved support services …

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Aug 21 2014

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Freedom Alert- An Emergency Alert System That Provides The Help You Need

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What is it? The Freedom Alert is a two-way emergency communicator. With a push of a button on the  wearable pendant, users can talk directly to relatives, neighbors, friends or a 911 operator to get emergency help. How does it work? By pushing the pendant button, the pendant sends a signal to the base unit, with the …

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Aug 19 2014

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5 Great iPad Gestures for Low Vision!

Here at IPAT, I’ve visited with countless individuals experiencing low vision caused by a wide variation of diseases including  macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, cataracts, and glaucoma. With that, I’ve recognize a common pattern in relation to goals individuals with low vision hope to accomplish during their time with me. High on that list of goals includes: The ability …

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Aug 14 2014

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Be Heard with Voice Amplification

Communication and being understood is extremely important for an individual’s overall well being. We all have feelings, needs, and information we want to express and share with the people around us. When an individual feels misunderstood or ignored because they have difficulty communicating effectively, feelings of frustration, anger, sadness, or even depression follow. Recently, myself …

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Aug 11 2014

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“A Communication Device will Prevent Speech from Developing” and Other Myths

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There are many children and adults in the world with complex communication needs (CCN) who would benefit from Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Nonetheless, unfounded misconceptions that have existed for decades sometimes prevent people from even investigating the possibility of how AAC might help them or someone they know. Much has been written over the years discussing …

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