Peggy Shireley

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Name: Peggy Shireley
Date registered: December 11, 2012

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  1. Accessibility Alert: Attention ALL Video Program Distributors — February 4, 2016
  2. Are Your Tweets Accessible? — January 19, 2016
  3. So Much Assistive Technology to Learn – Where to Begin? — January 4, 2016
  4. Accessible Housing Grant Dollars Available — December 29, 2015
  5. DPI Releases New AT Guidelines! — December 1, 2015

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Feb 04 2016

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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Jan 19 2016

Are Your Tweets Accessible?

If you are a Twitter user and you use it for work, make sure you are taking some simple steps to ensure that the content of your tweets is accessible to readers with disabilities. A quick Twitter overview: it is a popular social networking tool that allows users to send ‘tweets’, short text-based messages up to …

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Jan 04 2016

So Much Assistive Technology to Learn – Where to Begin?

IPAT staff has the luxury of living and breathing assistive technology (AT) day-in and day-out. We are immersed in discovering new AT apps and devices, learning about device and app upgrades, and researching AT funding streams for people of all ages and disabilities who may benefit from AT. But how do others interested in or responsible for the provision of …

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Dec 29 2015

Accessible Housing Grant Dollars Available

Do you or someone you know need to make modifications to their existing home due to a physical disability? If you answered yes, do you also know that there are grants available from the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) to make accessibility improvements? There are, under the Rehab Accessibility Program (RAP). In order to be considered …

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Dec 01 2015

DPI Releases New AT Guidelines!

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has updated and made available online, Guidelines for the Provision of Assistive Technology to Students with Disabilities under IDEA Part B. This comprehensive guide will serve both educators and parents well as they strive to promote learning through assistive technology (AT) devices and services using the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process. …

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Nov 09 2015

Hearing Aid Collecting Dust? Put it to Use!

IPAT often fields calls from individuals looking for a place to donate used hearing aids. This blog provides a non-exhaustive list of organizations that recycle used hearing aids in North Dakota. HERO (Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization – 5212 53rd Street S, Suite C – Fargo, ND 701-212-1921 ND Hands & Voices Loaner Bank – 101 3rd Avenue …

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Oct 15 2015


IPAT has a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and it is my pleasure to introduce him. John Vastag, a Hebron, North Dakota native, now a long-time Fargo resident has accepted the leadership position with IPAT. Beginning in early September, he has been busy learning the ins and outs of IPAT, and working with the IPAT …

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Oct 08 2015

Returning to Work, AT Made it Possible!

After an injury, recovery, and rehabilitation, a thirty-something North Dakotan was ready to return to work. She was now using a chair for mobility and had limited use of her arms and hands, so she knew she would need help to re-enter the workforce. That is when she connected with North Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and with her counselor …

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Oct 02 2015

IPAT’s October Exhibits, Tours, Presentations – OH MY!

October has always been a busy month for IPAT staff, and this year is no exception. With summer over, school in session and the roads in good driving condition, agencies and organizations are busy hosting independent living fairs, informational talks, conferences, staff training and exhibits. Our staff of four consultants have said yes to providing an assistive …

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Sep 24 2015

AT for ND Seniors Noted in a National AT Publication

Earlier this year, IPAT was asked to present an overview of the assistive technology (AT) services we provide to our aging population at the 2015 AT Act Programs Conference in Washington DC. In July, I was fortunate enough to attend the conference, and delivered the requested presentation. A few weeks later, I was contacted by Eliza Anderson, Editor …

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