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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Aug 07 2014

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Apps for Seniors

More and more seniors are embracing the mobile technology revolution. They have embraced the technology and want to be able to engage like everyone else. This has been demonstrated at recent training I have provided at Touchmark on West Century (see picture below). Although  individual’s needs and wants may be different there are some basic categories …

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Aug 04 2014

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Why NOT Updating Your Home is WORSE than Going to Jail!

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The word is out, you’ve heard it on TV, radio and even read about it on this blog site – Americans want to remain in their own homes as they age. The problem is, very few of them or their families are acting to make alterations in their homes to accommodate age-related changes in abilities. …

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Jul 31 2014

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Reading and Writing Difficulties? There’s an App for That!

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The world is changing, and for individuals with specific learning disabilities (SLD) who have trouble reading and writing, that is a good thing! The change is the explosion of mobile devices and the thousands of apps available for them. According to the American Psychiatric Association, in the United States school-aged population, 4% of students are affected by a …

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Jul 29 2014

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New Solutions for Cell Phone Amplification!

The world is a changin’! More and more people are using cell phones and eliminating their land lines.  Although this transformation is great for so many reasons, there have not been as many options available for cell phone amplification as there have been for land lines. Well things are looking up! Below are two cell …

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