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Peggy Shireley

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Name: Peggy Shireley
Date registered: December 11, 2012
URL: http://www.ndipat.org

Latest posts

  1. How to Set Up Bluetooth Switch Controls with an iPad — May 4, 2015
  2. U.S. Currency Reader Free of Charge! — April 23, 2015
  3. Farewell to North Dakota’s Champion of Assistive Technology — March 31, 2015
  4. Pedaling for Possibilities Rocked! — March 23, 2015
  5. New to the IEP World? Assistive Technology 101 for Parents Part II — February 20, 2015

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May 04 2015

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How to Set Up Bluetooth Switch Controls with an iPad

IPAT receives calls daily from people using assistive technology (AT). An AT call currently popping up is from families, therapists and teachers looking for help setting up a Bluetooth switch to control an iPad. While preparing this blog to address that question, I came across a wonderful resource that provides step-by-step directions and a YouTube video for the commonly …

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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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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 23 2015

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Pedaling for Possibilities Rocked!

Check out the picture to the left. This is just one of the fun-loving, money raising, bike teams who took part in IPAT’s Pedaling for Possibilities (P4P) on Saturday, February 28th. They were a new entry to the stationary bike race event, and will be fondly remembered as the Pedaling Pixies from Valley City!! Not only did they …

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Feb 20 2015

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New to the IEP World? Assistive Technology 101 for Parents Part II

 I field calls from parents all across North Dakota whose school-aged children with disabilities are receiving services under IDEA. They often have questions about what assistive technology (AT) is available to help their child, how the school assesses their child’s need for AT, and most often where and when their input is considered during the …

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Feb 13 2015

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Assistive Technology in the 64th Legislative Assembly of North Dakota

North Dakota’s 2015 legislative session is fast approaching cross-over, and members of the Senate and House have been actively engaged in hearings, and weighing in on numerous bills. The bill of most interest to assistive technology users across the state is SB 2289. In a nutshell, this bill is requesting funding for the purpose of supporting and …

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Feb 10 2015

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New to the IEP World? Assistive Technology 101 for Parents

It is never easy to adjust to new and unexpected things in our lives. Learning that your child has a disability, and will need special education services, can be one of those things. I would like to make the unexpected world of the IEP simpler for parents, by offering information specific to receiving AT devices and …

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Jan 23 2015

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Hot Off the Press – IPAT’s Impact Report

It is with little fanfare but a healthy dose of pride that I offer the 2012-2014 IPAT Impact Report. Take a few minutes to page through what kept us busy, and the people of North Dakota connected to assistive technology devices and services. In our summary, you will discover who used our demonstration centers and what device …

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Jan 14 2015

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As Needs Change, So Should Home Environments

Over the course of time, you may notice that some home environments actually hinder daily activities. That is because with time comes change, and whether your changes are temporary, gradual, permanent or sudden, you may find that stairs, tubs, and kitchens have become hard or impossible to use. Regardless of how your changes occurred, they needn’t prevent you from remaining …

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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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