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ABLE Accounts Are Coming!

If you are an individual with a disability or have a family member with a disability, this blog is for you. Due to the passage of the Stephen King Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act in 2014, you can now open tax-advantaged accounts for the purposes of saving to cover the costs of disability-related…
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Calling All Voices – Become A VocaliD Speech Donor!

There are millions of people who are unable to speak, and as a result they rely on computerized speech generating devices to communicate. One of the most easily recognized people using such a device is Professor Stephen Hawking, a world renown British physicist and mathematician. Sadly, as unique as each of these computerized communicators is, they often speak using the…
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All The Best, Bob Puyear!

I first met Bob Puyear, over twenty years ago at an Independent Living Conference in Fargo, North Dakota. I couldn’t have known, nor even dreamed how much he would serve and shape the IPAT program, as an advocate, user, and real believer in assistive technology. So, it is with true appreciation and a heavy heart that IPAT…
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Accessible Prescription Labels Available

Has age diminished your vision, and placed taking medication on your ‘to-do’ list? This can be a dangerous combination as you can misread a label and medicate incorrectly. Thankfully, there are accessible prescription labels available to help people with low vision/blindness take medications independently and correctly. These labels are available nationwide at all local Rite Aid and Walmart…
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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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