Nov 23 2015

IPAT Makes the News with AT for the Winter!

With cold, snow, and ice soon to make a prolonged visit in North Dakota, last week WDAY’s First News morning show engaged its viewers with the topic of winter preparedness. Through a quick google search about winter safety, WDAY news anchor Becky Parker was greeted by IPAT’s blog post Bundle Up with Assistive Technology (AT) for the Winter Season! Parker …

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Nov 17 2015

ND Hunting Services for People with Disabilities

Fall is here and that means hunting season for many citizens in North Dakota! For people with disabilities, there are a number of great services to embark upon hunting experiences of a lifetime. The below links and summaries lead to information for the ND Game and Fish Department along with a number of other organizations. So …

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Nov 12 2015

Low Flat Fee Shipping! IPAT Equipment Rentals

Starting November 1, 2015, IPAT will start Flat Fee Shipping-just $5 covers shipping both ways!  In efforts to boost the use of the equipment rental program statewide, IPAT has lowered the shipping fees.  If you are in need of assistive technology equipment to try before you buy, please call 1-800-895-4728 to set up your loan or …

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Nov 09 2015

Hearing Aid Collecting Dust? Put it to Use!

IPAT often fields calls from individuals looking for a place to donate used hearing aids. This blog provides a non-exhaustive list of organizations that recycle used hearing aids in North Dakota. HERO (Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization – 5212 53rd Street S, Suite C – Fargo, ND 701-212-1921 ND Hands & Voices Loaner Bank – 101 3rd Avenue …

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Nov 03 2015

Learn How to Use an iPad! (And other helpful resources.)

How Might I Benefit from the Use of a Tablet? Tablet is a broad term for devices like the iPad, iPad mini, Nexus, and Galaxy Tab. A tablet can be used as an assistive technology (AT) tool to communicate, read, learn, navigate the world, identify objects, remember, connect with others, and more! As the popularity of tablets increases, …

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Oct 29 2015

ODIN VI Cell Phone Review – Accessible to the Blind

The ODIN VI is a talking cell phone designed specifically to be 100% accessible to the blind. The makers of ODIN VI were kind enough to send a demo version to IPAT, we checked it out, and picked out a few pros and cons! What We Liked Below the 2.25″ screen are four buttons. A …

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Oct 28 2015

Let’s Play it Safe with AT for Cutting, Chopping, and Spreading!

Spreading Board with Spikes

Regardless if you have one hand or two, tremors from Parkinson’s, or other disabilities such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, being safe in the kitchen is a must.  Tasks such as cutting, chopping and spreading can be very difficult and unsafe when a person has physical disabilities that affect their fine motor skills. Fortunately there are several products …

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Oct 23 2015

Minot, ND iCanConnect Consumer Covers All Corners

As he prepared himself to leave Minot and travel back to his southern home this fall, Mitchell was concerned about his mother’s current communication equipment. Edith, Mitchell’s mom, had both vision and hearing barriers. At age 92, Edith battles glaucoma and macular degeneration along with being legally deaf. These factors made it near impossible for …

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Oct 20 2015

Part 3-Visual Schedules and Task Managers: Apps for Autism and Beyond!


It’s time for Part Three of Visual Schedule and Task Manager Apps!  Remember apps of this type may be very helpful for children and adults with disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and intellectual disabilities. All of the apps discussed in this series are available for rent on an iPad through IPAT. iPrompts The iPrompts app, from Handhold Adaptive, …

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Oct 15 2015


IPAT has a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and it is my pleasure to introduce him. John Vastag, a Hebron, North Dakota native, now a long-time Fargo resident has accepted the leadership position with IPAT. Beginning in early September, he has been busy learning the ins and outs of IPAT, and working with the IPAT …

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