Apr 23 2015

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U.S. Currency Reader Free of Charge!

Under the U.S. Currency Reader Program, U.S. citizens or persons legally residing in the U.S. and its territories who are blind or visually impaired can obtain a currency reader device at no cost. The currency reader, known as the iBill® Talking Banknote Identifier, is compact in size, easy to use, and provides a response within …

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Apr 20 2015

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Greetings from IPAT’s New CEO

Greetings! I’d like to take some blog space to introduce myself as IPAT’s new CEO. I came on board with IPAT on October 1st as CEO-Elect, and for the past six months have been getting to know the IPAT staff and all of its programs. As you know, Judie Lee, a longtime colleague of mine, …

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Apr 16 2015

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Be My Eyes – People Helping People

Smartphones, tablets, and apps – three things that have, in the past ten years, completely changed the way the world gets things done. Jobs and tasks that required a duffle bag full of items and tools have now been condensed down into one small and portable device. Smartphones, tablets, and apps help people stay organized, communicate, get tasks …

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Apr 14 2015

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Landline Not Required! Part 2: Landline-Style Phones for Hearing Loss

Have a hearing loss?  Need an amplified phone? No landline? No problem! Use your existing cellphone service to connect via Bluetooth to the landline-style phones below.  These phones offer the look, feel, and features of a landline phone without requiring landline phone service.   Clarity Sempre An amplified, corded phone that provides 53 dB of amplification, …

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Apr 09 2015

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Funding for Hearing Aids: North Dakotan Adults

Plain and simple, funding for hearing aids is hard to come by. Most people end up paying out of pocket for hearing aid expenses, and the average cost of one digital hearing aid is anywhere between $1,500 – $3,500! However, for adults seeking out funding opportunities for hearing aids in North Dakota, there are a few possibilities …

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Apr 06 2015

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Accessible Smart Home Systems: Lowe’s Iris

Many of us view smart home technologies such as the Nest or the Phillips Hue, as cool, fun, and made for the “person who has everything”. For people with severe physical disabilities such as quadriplegia, however, technologies such as these may be a necessity and the only way that they can control their environment. The majority of these …

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Apr 02 2015

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U-Mary PT Students Research a Solution

  Students enrolled in the University of Mary Physical Therapy (PT) program recently explored assistive technology (AT) with a purpose at the IPAT Demonstration Center in Bismarck. Dr. Mary Dockter, PT Department Chair, in collaboration with Peggy Shireley, an IPAT Senior AT Consultant, created an exceptional hands-on experience for the students. Each student was given a case-study involving real-life …

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Mar 31 2015

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Farewell to North Dakota’s Champion of Assistive Technology

IPAT staff and I would like to use this blog post to salute Judie Lee, our founder and CEO. She will be spending her last day with IPAT on March 31, 2015. Judie would be the last person to acknowledge her contributions to the field of assistive technology (AT), but suffice to say her fingerprints are everywhere. She was an early …

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Mar 30 2015

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Mad About Mice!

As computers and the internet become more and more integrated into everyday tasks, people find themselves behind a computer more often and for longer periods of time. With prolonged computer usage comes the potential for repetitive stress injuries due to improper positioning or overuse. One way to prevent or alleviate pain due to repetitive stress injuries in …

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Mar 26 2015

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Have your Text and Read it Too!

Do you have a reading disability and want to be able to easily read text on the go? Here are two apps that have built-in Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and allow you to take a picture of text and have it read back to you-Prizmo and ClaroSpeak Plus. Both of these apps run on the Apple iOS mobile …

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