Mar 26 2015

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Have your Text and Read it Too!

Do you have a reading disability and want to be able to easily read text on the go? Here are two apps that have built-in Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and allow you to take a picture of text and have it read back to you-Prizmo and ClaroSpeak Plus. Both of these apps run on the Apple iOS mobile …

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Mar 23 2015

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Pedaling for Possibilities Rocked!

Check out the picture to the left. This is just one of the fun-loving, money raising, bike teams who took part in IPAT’s Pedaling for Possibilities (P4P) on Saturday, February 28th. They were a new entry to the stationary bike race event, and will be fondly remembered as the Pedaling Pixies from Valley City!! Not only did they …

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Mar 19 2015

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InstaMorph: Make Your Own AT!

Assistive technology (AT) is defined as, “Any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a person with a disability.” In this blog I am going to explore one way to modify or customize AT! InstaMorph …

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Mar 10 2015

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Landline Not Required! Use Your Favorite Amplified, Emergency, and Mobility Phones-Part One

What do you do if the best phone that works for your needs was made for a landline and you only have cellphone service? At IPAT, we work with many people who need specialty landline phones in the areas of amplification, no-fee emergency pendants,  and phones for people with physical needs , but they only own a cellphone.  Bluetooth …

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Mar 05 2015

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Save Dollars and Try AT Before you Buy!

Will that iPad work to magnify text for my Grandma?  I wonder if that alternative joystick will work for my child to access the computer? Answer questions like these by renting assistive technology (AT) from IPAT first.  It makes so much sense to try AT before you spend the dollars to purchase it, and IPAT has …

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Mar 02 2015

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New IPAT Staff

Hello! My name is Tyler, and it’s a pleasure to join the IPAT staff as an Assistive Technology Consultant. Prior to joining IPAT, I have worked in a variety of educational settings including online credit recovery at an alternative high school, a juvenile correctional center, and as an enrollment counselor in higher education. I received …

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Feb 26 2015

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Pedaling for Possibilities Needs You!

Pedaling for Possibilities (P4P) is IPAT’s annual indoor stationary bike event and fundraiser. Dollars raised during the event help people with disabilities in North Dakota and Moorhead, MN purchase assistive technology (AT) so they can return or remain at work, remain at home and independent, or succeed at school. Registration to participate as a bike …

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Feb 23 2015

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Safely Bathing Again with the Push of a Remote and P4P!

Getting in and out of the bathtub can be a huge safety issue and an impossibility for people with certain physical disabilities and illnesses.  In many situations, walk-in bathtubs such as this one from Home Depot, may be the first solution that comes to mind.  These may be the answer for some, but one has to consider the cost …

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Feb 20 2015

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New to the IEP World? Assistive Technology 101 for Parents Part II

 I field calls from parents all across North Dakota whose school-aged children with disabilities are receiving services under IDEA. They often have questions about what assistive technology (AT) is available to help their child, how the school assesses their child’s need for AT, and most often where and when their input is considered during the …

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Feb 17 2015

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Volunteers Wanted!

Pedaling for Possibilities (P4P) needs you! Contribute to P4P by volunteering! 2014 Kohl’s Cares volunteers.   Pedaling for Possibilities 2015 Volunteer Opportunities When: February 28th, 2015 from 1 pm – 5 pm Where: NDSU Wellness Center Volunteer Opportunities Available: Registration: Assists at the registration table by collecting team forms, collecting donations, and directing riders to their team bike. …

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