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Assistive Technology Doesn’t need a Computer Chip!

Do you see the Assistive Technology (AT) in this picture? If you guessed the rubber band, you are correct! This little “high tech” piece of rubber can help an individual with vision loss detect the right condiment, shampoo from conditioner, etc., and even though it doesn’t “plug in” or have electricity, it is still AT. […]

A new “Gizmo” for people who may wander, and it’s available from Verizon!

Are you looking for a GPS device that will assist someone who has Alzheimer’s, autism, or a tramatic brain injury that will work also as a phone? The GizmoPal 2 watch from Verizon might be a possible solution. I met a woman at the State Capitol’s Disabilities Day who had purchased the GizmoPal 2 watch […]

911 and Texting in North Dakota: It’s HERE!!

As of today, texting a 911 operator is now a possibility, statewide in North Dakota. This is a major service improvement for people with hearing or speech disabilities, enabling them to text for help in an emergency. Contacting dispatch operators by texting may also aid those in situations, such as domestic violence, where calling 911 […]

iPad Bluetooth Switch Access Disconnecting? Get Hooked!

We have been using Bluetooth switch interfaces with the Apple mobile devices and the built-in switch access for a few years with our clients here at IPAT.  We have found that in some instances, the switch interface’s Bluetooth connection with the iDevice disconnects frequently, and the individual does not have the support system to get it […]

Amplify YOUR Voice on the Phone

Many times we think of solutions to amplify the incoming voice during a phone call. However, what about amplifying your outgoing voice? Whether it be from surgery, illness, or simply having a soft voice, there is technology to assist in this barrier. Below are a few great phones that amplify your voice and come with some wonderful features. […]

Amazing Graduation Speech by Century High School (Bismarck, North Dakota) Senior, Tyler Schwab!

Tyler Schwab, 2016 graduate of Century High School in Bismarck, ND used his Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to deliver a powerful graduation speech for his fellow classmates, friends, and family. Click here to watch Tyler’s Speech Congratulations Tyler! IPAT wishes you well in your future endeavors! Tyler in the news: WDAY News Coverage KFYR News Coverage   […]

The Assistive Technology Benefits of Bluetooth Stereo Headsets

Last year I purchased an LG Tone Pro Bluetooth Stereo Headset for myself, so I would not be tethered to my phone when talking on calls, listening to audio books, and music. Since that day, I have discovered some great assistive technology benefits that may help people with brain injury, memory and attention issues, autism, hearing loss, and […]

Another Way to Donate Your Voice!

  A while back I wrote about an upcoming technology called Talkitt, a communication app that translates unintelligible, but consistent speech into an understandable computerized voice.  Voiceitt, the manufacturer, is still working on the software and is currently looking for people with consistent, unintelligible speech to provide recordings of their voice to the company to improve […]

Calling all Voices – Become a VocaliD Speech Donor!

There are millions of people who are unable to speak, and as a result they rely on computerized speech generating devices to communicate. One of the most easily recognized people using such a device is Professor Stephen Hawking, a world renown British physicist and mathematician. Sadly, as unique as each of these computerized communicators is, they often speak using the […]

Medical ID on Your iPhone

One of the lesser known, but perhaps most important, features of Apple’s iOS 8 is a digital “Medical ID”, which can provide important personal health-related information in the event of an emergency. Users can configure it by following these steps: Launch Health app > Tap Medical ID > Choose Create Medical ID. A number of items […]