Jul 29 2015

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Say Goodbye to Distractions and Hello to Guided Access

If you are not currently a tablet or smartphone user, you probably know someone who is, or at the least, experienced someone using a digital device in a public setting. So by now most people understand all of the wonderful benefits digital devices offer, including mobile access to the internet, the ability to take photos …

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Jul 27 2015

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Training on Apps and Accessibility for Vision Loss : A Handout

IPAT was recently asked to give a hands-on workshop to the North Dakota Vision Rehabilitation Specialists in the area of apps for vision and accessibility for the iPad/iPhone. Participants learned about apps that do everything from recognizing products to those that speak text aloud from a photograph. They learned about the great capacity that Apple Mobile products have …

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Jul 24 2015

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Family Vacation Time? Theme Parks with Special Needs in Mind

Summer is here, and for many that includes plans for a family vacation. While at the Autism Walk in Bismarck recently, a family asked me if I could direct them to any theme parks where accommodations for children with disabilities were available. This was a new question for me, and even though it is not directly related …

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Jul 21 2015

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Call Hands-free with the RCx-1000 Remote Control Speakerphone

The RCx-1000 Remote Control Speakerphone, at first glance, does not look like a phone at all! Flat, square, and covered with buttons of various shapes and sizes, it bears rows of flashing lights, places to write names, and a pendant. There is no handset, coiled telephone cord, or any other indication that this device operates seemlessly as …

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Jul 16 2015

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Vision Not What is Was? Look to Pen Friend

I was working with a woman in her 80’s who let me know in no uncertain terms that aging was hard work, and living with vision loss made it even harder. She told me her low vision made her seem so much less able than she actually is, and she was afraid that living on …

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Jul 14 2015

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A Slippery Business: Staying Standing in the Bathtub!

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When most people think of grab bars, they may often think of the old standard, permanent, wall mounted grab bars. Look a little further and you will find a sea of various devices to keep you from becoming a statistic and landing in the hospital from a fall.  The following are three types of grab bars that …

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Jul 08 2015

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Is an IPAT Presentation Your Answer?

Are you responsible for lining up speakers for your club? Do you need to keep your staff up to date on services available around the state? IPAT could be your answer! IPAT delivers informational talks on a regular basis as part of our public awareness outreach. These presentations are directly related to the services we …

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Jul 04 2015

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Amazon Shopper? Support IPAT Through AmazonSmile!

I am all about killing two birds with one stone when I can. And it is in that spirit that I ask all our blog readers who already shop Amazon to consider supporting IPAT through AmazonSmile. What is it you ask? AmazonSmile is simply a website operated by Amazon. It lets you enjoy the same convenient, online shopping experience while supporting your favorite …

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Jun 29 2015

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Computer Access: Jason’s Pedaling for Possibilities Success Story

Pedaling for Possibilities (P4P) is IPAT’s grant program that helps individuals all across the state of North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota purchase the assistive technology (AT) devices and services they need for independence at school, work, or home. Often P4P grant recipients meet with an IPAT AT Consultant to discuss and try out different types of devices to …

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Jun 25 2015

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New Adaptive Mouse: The AdMouse!

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Computer/tablet access can be difficult for people with Parkinson’s, Cerebral Palsy, arthritis, and other physical disabilities, so at IPAT we are always looking for new and better assistive technologies to aid in this endeavor.  Recently we tried the AdMouse, a plug’n’play mouse from Branco. This adapted pointing device allows one to perform all of the same …

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