Aug 27 2015

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Find IPAT on Facebook!

Did you know IPAT has one of the most active Facebook pages regarding assistive technology (AT)?!? By “Liking” IPAT’s Facebook Page, you can stay up to date with all things IPAT including AT, news, presentations, legislation, and much more! IPAT’s Facebook page also provides opportunity for our followers to share information with family/friends or ask specific questions …

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Aug 25 2015

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One of Assistive Technology’s Best Kept Secrets: oneswitch.org.uk

I love everything about being an Assistive Technology (AT) Consultant. Everyday I come to work having absolutely no idea who might come through the IPAT doors, or what AT solutions I will be asked to help find. With each AT related experience I face, I gain a new insight and perspective that impacts me professionally …

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Aug 21 2015

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Francine and her Adorable Service Dog Rudy build their Accessible Dream Home!

Since the age of 7 Francine McClendon has experienced difficulties in her mobility due to rheumatoid arthritis. For many years Francine speculated a service dog trained to help her in everyday activities would be a great way to increase her overall independence. After adopting Rudy, the intelligent, small, black and white Pappion-Bichon mix, Francine soon realized …

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Aug 17 2015

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ND Veteran Overcomes Barriers with Phone Equipment

Meet Alex — An 82 year old war-veteran living in small-town North Dakota. During his time in the service, Alex experienced complete hearing loss in one ear and now wears a hearing aid in the other. Moreover, he has total blindness in his right eye, and he is legally blind in the left. With these conditions, …

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Aug 13 2015

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Assistive Technology Inventor Resource Guide Available!

The RESNA Catalyst Project has recently published its AT Inventor Resource Guide. The purpose of the Guide is point inventors and others interested in the growth of the assistive technology industry to available resources to promote new products and share ideas. There are seven specific resources identified, all serving a different purpose. To give you an …

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Aug 10 2015

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Visual Schedules and Task Managers: Apps for Autism and Beyond! Part 1

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Learning visually is a great mode for many people, including numerous children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  For some, using visual calendars and task management systems can make all the difference.  Although not for everyone, using mobile devices with apps of this type, allow us to quickly add photographs, audio, and video on the spot …

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Aug 03 2015

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TheraTryke Exercise!

Cruising down the road, you will see bicycles of all kinds. One proposed bike is designed specifically for people with MS, spinal cord injuries, or paraplegia. The TheraTryke is constructed in such a way that it can be used for both therapeutic and recreational purposes. Riders use their hands as the main source of power …

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Jul 29 2015

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Say Goodbye to Distractions and Hello to Guided Access

If you are not currently a tablet or smartphone user, you probably know someone who is, or at the least, experienced someone using a digital device in a public setting. So by now most people understand all of the wonderful benefits digital devices offer, including mobile access to the internet, the ability to take photos …

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Jul 27 2015

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Training on Apps and Accessibility for Vision Loss : A Handout

IPAT was recently asked to give a hands-on workshop to the North Dakota Vision Rehabilitation Specialists in the area of apps for vision and accessibility for the iPad/iPhone. Participants learned about apps that do everything from recognizing products to those that speak text aloud from a photograph. They learned about the great capacity that Apple Mobile products have …

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Jul 24 2015

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Family Vacation Time? Theme Parks with Special Needs in Mind

Summer is here, and for many that includes plans for a family vacation. While at the Autism Walk in Bismarck recently, a family asked me if I could direct them to any theme parks where accommodations for children with disabilities were available. This was a new question for me, and even though it is not directly related …

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