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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. New to the IEP World? Assistive Technology 101 for Parents Part II — February 20, 2015
  2. Assistive Technology in the 64th Legislative Assembly of North Dakota — February 13, 2015
  3. New to the IEP World? Assistive Technology 101 for Parents — February 10, 2015
  4. Hot Off the Press – IPAT’s Impact Report — January 23, 2015
  5. As Needs Change, So Should Home Environments — January 14, 2015

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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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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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Oct 09 2014

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Worksheets Troublesome Due to Handwriting Difficulties? SnapType App to the Rescue!

Not everyone has legible handwriting, and sadly I fall into that category! However, for individuals with dysgraphia or other disabilities impacting writing, it is not just messy handwriting. It is a processing disorder that makes writing difficult over a lifetime. Here is a story of how a 5th grader with dysgraphia was being held hostage by a …

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Oct 02 2014

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Text-to-911 Coming to North Dakota!

Texting has become second nature to many Americans, and a communication game changer for the 55.5 million Americans who have hearing loss, deafness, or speech disabilities. Due to the changes in technology, texting instead of voicing is the go-to communication choice for 7 out of 10 Americans. Consequently, we now need to support texting as …

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Sep 22 2014

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Considering AT in the IEP? The MATCH-UP Tool can Help with That!

September is upon us, and for many that means the beginning of a new school year. Teachers, students and parents are once again working together to make this academic year the best yet. For those supporting students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), their cornerstone to success is the Individualized Education Program (IEP). This unique …

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