Apr 14 2014

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Communication Disorder? We Have Resources for YOU!

Late one Friday afternoon a gentleman dropped into the Bismarck Demonstration Center. He came to ask about communication options for his wife. She was recovering from a stroke, and was having trouble speaking. Sadly, communication changes after a stroke are common, and they can cause mild, moderate or severe communication problems. A friend suggested he visit IPAT to …

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Apr 11 2014

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Watch out Siri! There’s a New Kid in Town!

Voice recognition gives devices like smartphones, tablets, and computers the capability to “listen” to its user’s voice.It is listening for a user’s commands or to input speech into text.Pretty amazing when you think about it; devices acting as our assistants by “understanding” what we say to follow our commands! Siri is currently the most famous …

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Apr 07 2014

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AAC Text-To-Speech Apps with Word Prediction: Comparison Matrix

Confused about the features of Text-to-Speech Apps with Word Prediction for communication? Here is a Comparison Matrix showcasing the elements of four apps (Predictable, Proloqu4Text, Verbally, and Assistive Express) to help you with your feature match.  Click Here for the Matrix. You will find that most have at least one unique feature that separates them …

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Apr 03 2014

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This “Tiny” Program Provides Big Results

We can all agree that time is something that we do not have in excess. Being as productive and efficient as possible is important. Today we look at a free piece of software that aims to make things easier for someone lacking time or more importantly those that have a difficult time with keystrokes and …

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Apr 01 2014

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Tactile Markings for Individuals with Low Vision or Blindness

Individuals with low vision and blindness use tactile markings to identify important buttons and settings on things such as microwaves, ovens, dishwashers, radios, thermostats, telephones, and more!For example, operating an oven with dials or a digital display with little to no vision can become a guessing game if there is no method of identifying the …

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Mar 27 2014

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Reading Again, Thanks ND Lions!

In July of 2010, Lions Club International approved a Video Magnifier Program to be run by the Lions of North Dakota.  This program is giving state residents over the age of 18 a chance to read again. It is specifically designed to help those with a vision loss that significantly impairs their ability to read, but who …

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Mar 25 2014

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$1 Adapter Gives Assistive Technology Users Access to Android Devices

My exploration into this topic was mainly fueled from the desire to lessen my load when going to meetings and wanting to stay as productive as possible by capturing notes electronically, without having to carry extra gear. What I found is you are able to lessen the load, stay productive and if a specific mouse …

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Mar 21 2014

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Stay Focused with 30/30

30/30 App

Is multi-tasking making you feel like you are the star in a pinball game that just won’t end? Well usually I can handle it, but these last few weeks, I felt the need to find something to help me focus. So the winner in my Google search for sanity was the 30/30 app for iOS (According to …

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Mar 17 2014

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Gear Up and Get Ready… Lets Talk About AT, Accessibility, and GAMING!

Video games open doors to a wide variety of enriching activities including enhancement of problem solving skills, hand-eye coordination, social networking, and maintaining overall mental and emotional health.For individuals with disabilities, gaming is all those things mentioned and so much more.It can be a vessel into a world where the playing field is leveled and …

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Mar 14 2014

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AT4ALL: Buy, Sell, or Rent Assistive Technology!

    AT4ALL, is up and running!  New features make buying, selling, and renting assistive technology (AT) much easier. Buy & Sell Buyers can search for items by keyword, equipment category, transaction type, or the organization listing the equipment. Sellers can describe items with words and include a photograph. Sellers can choose an equipment category …

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