Assistive Technology For Home Fire Safety

Home fires are more prevalent during the winter season – cooking and alternative heating source problems can make fire safety an important matter this time of year. Here are some quick facts from the National Fire Protection Association from 2011: 2520 fire deaths occurred in the home 13,910 fire injuries occurred in the home (that’s one every…
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Basic and High Contrast Themes Menu

Got The Big Monitor, And You Still Can’t See?

This past year, I received several calls from people with low vision who purchased large computer monitors ( 23-27″), but still had trouble navigating and reading the text, icons, and pictures on the screen.  If this has happened to you, there are some easy and quick things you can do to the settings on your…
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Emergency Preparedness, Snow, Tornado

Assistive Technology And Emergency Preparedness

No one likes emergencies or natural disasters, but we all know they are a part of life and we need to be ready for them. For people with disabilities and those experiencing the effects of aging, planning ahead for such events is crucial in securing a positive outcome. Did you know that being ready is…
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Wireless Light Socket & Switch

3 Easy Ways To Add A Light Switch

Turning on lights is an activity that we all take part in on a daily basis. Recently I assisted an individual who has arthritis and he was depending on others to turn lamps on or just leaving them on all the time because he could not use the standard lamp switch. He felt like a…
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Text-to-Speech on iPod Touch

Is There A Portable, Affordable Option For Text-to-Speech For Someone With A Reading Disability?

A few years back a gentleman with a reading disability came to IPAT, needing some way to read the manuals, parts boxes, forms and signage in the shop where he was going to work after graduating from college.  He was already making use of  text-to-speech (TTS) technology with a computer, software, and scanner to read…
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