Oct 21 2014

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Is that Google Glass? No, It’s the OrCam!

Vision loss can be very difficult. For those born with no vision or individuals with an eye condition like macular degeneration or glaucoma, interacting with the world takes a special set of skills and patience. Fortunately there are assistive technology devices that can make this interaction possible and lead to functionality once not thought possible. …

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Oct 20 2014

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Save the Date – Pedaling for Possibilities 2015!

IPAT P4P Bike Team Pic-Spin Doctors

The 5th Annual IPAT Pedaling for Possibilities Stationary Bike Team Fundraiser is just around the corner! Join us Saturday, February 28th from 1pm – 5pm at the NDSU Wallman Wellness Center. “Individuals that are impacted by a disability and/or aging often have expenses that are above and beyond what insurance and other funding programs will …

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Oct 16 2014

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Two Communication Technologies Coming Soon to a Mobile Device Near You!

I love this wave of new technology that we are riding, especially when it brings us new innovations that really change lives. Two up and coming Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) developments are great examples of this, and they both really have me excited about their potential! ModelTalker with TherapyBox Apps ModelTalker (MT) “is an engine for creating …

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Oct 13 2014

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5 Devices to Solve Everyday Challenges

Day-to-day life can become frustrating if the little things are weighing you down. Below we will take a look at everyday challenges and some simple mainstream assistive technology to provide help. Wireless Switch Outlet Turning on lamps can become difficult for some because of the need to see the switch under the lamp shade and also …

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Oct 09 2014

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Worksheets Troublesome Due to Handwriting Difficulties? SnapType App to the Rescue!

Not everyone has legible handwriting, and sadly I fall into that category! However, for individuals with dysgraphia or other disabilities impacting writing, it is not just messy handwriting. It is a processing disorder that makes writing difficult over a lifetime. Here is a story of how a 5th grader with dysgraphia was being held hostage by a …

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Oct 06 2014

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What’s New to Zoom in iOS 8?

Until the recent iOS 8 update, the built-in Zoom accessibility feature consisted of the ability to magnify a device’s entire screen by double-tapping three fingers to zoom, dragging three fingers to move around the screen, and double-tapping three fingers and dragging to change zoom. (Check out the blog, 5 Great iPad Gestures for Low Vision to learn …

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Oct 02 2014

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Text-to-911 Coming to North Dakota!

Texting has become second nature to many Americans, and a communication game changer for the 55.5 million Americans who have hearing loss, deafness, or speech disabilities. Due to the changes in technology, texting instead of voicing is the go-to communication choice for 7 out of 10 Americans. Consequently, we now need to support texting as …

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Sep 29 2014

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ChatAble: A New Twist on an Augmentative Communication App

From user interface to features, ChatAble, will give you what you’d expect in a basic augmentative communication app and surprise you with what you didn’t even know you wanted.  At first glance, this app looks like many augmentative communication apps with a nice grid layout, clear speech, and understandable pictures.  With further investigation, one will find the following …

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Sep 24 2014

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Help! I Can’t Hear On the Phone!

CapTel Phones

I can’t hear on the phone. Its hard for me to understand some voices on the phone. I can’t understand people on the phone because they speak too quickly. It doesn’t matter how loud the phone is, I just can’t understand what people are saying! To help understand what it can be like listening to …

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Sep 22 2014

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Considering AT in the IEP? The MATCH-UP Tool can Help with That!

September is upon us, and for many that means the beginning of a new school year. Teachers, students and parents are once again working together to make this academic year the best yet. For those supporting students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), their cornerstone to success is the Individualized Education Program (IEP). This unique …

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