Peggy Shireley

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Name: Peggy Shireley
Date registered: December 11, 2012

Latest posts

  1. Hearing Aid Collecting Dust? Put it to Use! — November 9, 2015
  2. Meet IPAT’s CEO — October 15, 2015
  3. Returning to Work, AT Made it Possible! — October 8, 2015
  4. IPAT’s October Exhibits, Tours, Presentations – OH MY! — October 2, 2015
  5. AT for ND Seniors Noted in a National AT Publication — September 24, 2015

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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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Sep 11 2015

Simple Trick Extends Hearing Aid Battery Life

IPAT works with many people who experience hearing loss, and as a result wear hearing aids. As a hearing aid wearer myself, I am familiar with the need to frequently change batteries and the corresponding cost. When information about an 8th grader’s discovery to extend the life of hearing aid batteries was shared with IPAT, I decided to …

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Aug 13 2015

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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Jul 24 2015

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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Jun 10 2015

Hit the Road Safely with Assistive Technology

Summer is fast approaching, and many of us are planning a get-away or two. With our North Dakota roads in good driving condition and sunlight lasting late into the evening, wanderlust calls. But before heading out, remember everyone has aged since last summer, and age-related changes may have impacted the ability of some to drive as safely. Thankfully there are a number of assistive technology (AT) …

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May 04 2015

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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