Jan 26 2015

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How to Create a Pedaling for Possibilities Team

If you are looking for a friendly physical competition for a good cause that your friends, family, or co-workers can participate in, Pedaling for Posibilities (P4P) is the answer! The event day includes lively music, an entertaining emcee, food, and of course – indoor cycling! Creating a team is easy, and there is no entry fee! …

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Jan 23 2015

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Hot Off the Press – IPAT’s Impact Report

It is with little fanfare but a healthy dose of pride that I offer the 2012-2014 IPAT Impact Report. Take a few minutes to page through what kept us busy, and the people of North Dakota connected to assistive technology devices and services. In our summary, you will discover who used our demonstration centers and what device …

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Jan 21 2015

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Does My Cell Phone Have Bluetooth?

The Basics About Bluetooth What is Bluetooth? The ability to connect one Bluetooth enabled piece of technology to another through a short range wireless connection. (Learn more here.) What do you use Bluetooth for? Bluetooth is found in cell phones, tablets, computers and more. It can: Connect two devices together, such as a cell phone to …

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Jan 16 2015

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Cooking Safely: Never Forget to Turn Off the Range

My mother has difficulty remembering. There have been several incidences when she forgot to turn off her oven or stove while cooking, ruining her meal. I am afraid that someday her forgetfulness will cause a fire — or worse. She needs some sort of an alarm to alert her when she leaves her cooking unattended. …

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Jan 14 2015

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As Needs Change, So Should Home Environments

Over the course of time, you may notice that some home environments actually hinder daily activities. That is because with time comes change, and whether your changes are temporary, gradual, permanent or sudden, you may find that stairs, tubs, and kitchens have become hard or impossible to use. Regardless of how your changes occurred, they needn’t prevent you from remaining …

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Jan 09 2015

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ND Woman Connecting to the World via IPAT’s iCanConnect Program

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“Catch you on Skype!” “Email it to me.” “I will fill you in when I call you later.”  These are many of the phrases we use in today’s digital age indicating the multiple ways we now stay connected.  If you have a dual hearing and vision loss, though, these methods can be impossibilities if one …

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Jan 07 2015

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5 Ways to Use a Computer Hands-Free

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There are many reasons someone would need to access the computer without their hands, such as a Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), quadriplegia, Muscular Dystrophy, etc.. Although we have written about several of these wonderful, hands-free inventions below over the last couple years, we thought it would be nice to have a collective …

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Dec 29 2014

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Looking for a Tax Deduction? Consider IPAT’s Pedaling for Possibilities

The holiday season is fast upon us. December tends to be a month papered with ‘to-do’ lists, and if decreasing your tax burden is one of your ‘to-dos’, read on . . . . If you are among the 85% of people who claim charitable donations as a tax deduction, IPAT would like you to …

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Dec 26 2014

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Communication Without an Interpreter: Possibility Realized!

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For people who are deaf and use sign language, an interpreter can make all of the difference in many communication situations. What does one do, though, when an interpreter is not available and texting/writing are not options?  Thankfully due to the wonderful advancements in technology these past several years, there are now many options available …

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Dec 22 2014

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MotionSavvy UNI: Changing the Way those who are Deaf and those who Hear Communicate

 Sign language is a rich, complete, and complex form of communication used by those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Until recently, without the use of an interpreter, those who use sign language for their every-day mode of communication had no way of translating it into speech during conversations with those who don’t use sign language. Instead, …

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