Dec 19 2014

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Assistive Technology for Cooking

The holiday season is just around the corner. There is great diversity in the types of celebrations and traditions experienced during this time, but it is safe to say each holiday will have one thing in common — food! Contributing a dish to a holiday celebration is our way of giving and sharing with those …

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Dec 15 2014

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This Holiday Season Be Nice, Not Naughty: Use the Most Readable Low Vision Font

It is holiday greeting card time! Tis the season to remember friends and family, whether across the street or across the globe. Be nice to those on your mailing list who may have low vision, and consider using a font with consistent stroke widths, open counterforms, and pronounced ascenders and descenders to make reading easier for them. Three …

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Dec 11 2014

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IPAT has a Gift Waiting for You!

Are you looking for a particular piece of assistive technology (AT) for yourself, a friend, or a family member? Were you hoping that piece of AT could be part of a your holiday giving this year? Look to IPAT’s device reutilization program first to see if we have the AT you’re looking for! North Dakota AT4ALL houses your …

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Dec 08 2014

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P4P 2015 – We’ve Amped-Up the Competition!

  “Pedaling for Possibilities (P4P) is IPAT’s annual stationary bike event fundraiser. We host this event for the sole purpose of raising money to purchase assistive technology (AT) devices and services for people residing in North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota.” During the 2015 event, the same cycling, music, and fun filled day includes changes in …

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Dec 04 2014

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Faucet Adaptation: It’s Not Rocket-Science, But it Works!

Years ago, I was working in Virginia with a young man who after an accident, returned to his family home as a wheel-chair user. The family had done various home modifications in preparation for his return, but overlooked the placement of the tap on his bathroom sink. It was set too far back for him …

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Dec 02 2014

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KNFB Reader App: Old Idea…New, Improved and Cheaper Platform

For people who are blind and use portable, capture-read software, there is a new kid in town, and he may look a little familiar. The KNFB Reader app for iOS, released in September 2014, does everything his big brothers did (i.e. such as the K-Reader Mobile), but he does it on mobile Apple devices such as the iPhone instead and …

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Nov 24 2014

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Break the Silence, Help Make IPAT the Worst Kept Secret!

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It never fails, regardless of where I go to talk about IPAT someone always asks, “How come I’ve never heard about you?” We would love to eliminate that phrase, and invite you to be part of making that happen. How can you help IPAT become the worst kept secret? Look at your calendar, do you have a …

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Nov 20 2014

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Speak Selection, Speak Screen, and VoiceOver – What’s the Difference?

  iOS built in accessibility features open doors of possibilities for individuals with low vision or blindness so that they can easily use their iPhone, iPod, or iPad. I’ve explored what the Zoom accessibility feature offers in my blog, “What’s New to Zoom in iOS 8?” Today, I’d like to explore three more accessibility features for …

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Nov 19 2014

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Smart Phones: No 4G or WiFi needed!

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Smartphones with apps to compensate for memory loss are great tools for some people with traumatic brain injury.  However, some people who may be candidates for mobile devices and apps, may not be quite ready for a fully connected smartphone for many reasons such as they cannot afford the monthly fee or they may not have the skills …

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Nov 14 2014

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Have Multiple Sclerosis and Need Funding for Assistive Technology?

When it comes to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and finding funding for needed assistive technology (AT), it has been my experience that the MS Society is an often overlooked funding source.   According to the Upper Midwest MS Society webpage (which is the chapter that serves ND, MN, SD, Iowa and several counties in western Wisconsin and Nebraska), …

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