Feb 04 2016

Accessibility Alert: Attention ALL Video Program Distributors

On November 25, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that as of November 30, 2015, video programming distributors must ensure that emergency information provided in text scrolls on television be accessible to persons who are blind or visually impaired. To help ensure this, the emergency information provided in the video portion of programming is now …

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Feb 01 2016

CapTel App for Smartphones

Many of our readers and consumers are familiar with a CapTel Captioned Telephone, which is a phone that displays the words a caller says throughout the conversation. However, one particular IPAT consumer wanted the same service . . . . . on his smartphone! Due to a work-related incident, this gentleman has cochlear implants and difficulty hearing, …

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Jan 28 2016

Watchminder: Get Personalized Vibrating Reminders Without a Smartphone!

Setting a personalized alarm

Last month I wrote about a smartwatch and its ability to provide discreet vibrating reminders, which help people with ADHD, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, and more.  Today we are going to talk about a watch that provides reminders without a computer, tablet, or smartphone, the Watchminder. The Watchminder can provide up to 30 reminders per day and …

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Jan 25 2016

AARP and Technology Education

Topics of technology are arising and coming at us faster than ever. Many of these innovative items can be daunting, and one may not know where to start. AARP has stepped in with an idea that will alleviate any stress and make learning technology fun! AARP is a nonprofit organization with a membership of more …

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Jan 19 2016

Are Your Tweets Accessible?

If you are a Twitter user and you use it for work, make sure you are taking some simple steps to ensure that the content of your tweets is accessible to readers with disabilities. A quick Twitter overview: it is a popular social networking tool that allows users to send ‘tweets’, short text-based messages up to …

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Jan 14 2016

Train Siri to Hear Better

The virtual assistant, Siri, seems to be getting better with age . . . . or in this case, update. By default, Siri can be opened by holding down the home button on your iPhone or iPad. Once opened, the button can be released and you may say your command. Within Apple’s iOS 9 updates, …

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Jan 11 2016

How to Simply Safari and Goodbye Distractions!

One of my biggest online pet-peeves is opening a webpage that buries its content in pop-ups and distracting advertisements. For people who may easily experience sensory overload due to a disability like traumatic brain injury, Autism, or ADHD, pop-ups and distracting advertisements can change the online experience from a useful tool for gathering information for …

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Jan 06 2016

Any.Do: New Updates that Further Help Organization!

In March, 2013, I wrote about an app called Any.do, which is a powerful task management system.  The company has recently made some great upgrades to this app, including the addition of a new integrated calendar app, Cal, both of which can help many people including those with memory and organizational difficulties.  Many of these upgrades are free; however, the …

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Jan 04 2016

So Much Assistive Technology to Learn – Where to Begin?

IPAT staff has the luxury of living and breathing assistive technology (AT) day-in and day-out. We are immersed in discovering new AT apps and devices, learning about device and app upgrades, and researching AT funding streams for people of all ages and disabilities who may benefit from AT. But how do others interested in or responsible for the provision of …

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Dec 31 2015

In the News – A Snapshot of IPAT Services

Just recently, KVRR news anchor Sarah Brechbill made a stop at the Fargo IPAT office to learn about what we do and who we serve. The piece KVRR news aired illustrated a wonderful snapshot of the power of assistive technology devices and services. In the piece Sarah featured Geraldine Oas, a woman with ALS who utilized …

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