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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 […]

Train Siri to Hear Better

The virtual assistant, Siri, seems to be getting better with age . . . . or in this case, update. By default, Siri can be opened by holding down the home button on your iPhone or iPad. Once opened, the button can be released and you may say your command. Within Apple’s iOS 9 updates, […]

Part 4-Visual Schedules and Task Managers: Apps for Autism and Beyond!

Today’s blog is the last in a 4-part series of Visual Schedule and Task Manager Apps for people with Autism and other disabilities.  Today we will discuss the First Then Schedule and the Time Timer Apps and software.  All of the apps discussed are excellent tools for people who need visual and audio cues to help […]

Part 3-Visual Schedules and Task Managers: Apps for Autism and Beyond!

It’s time for Part Three of Visual Schedule and Task Manager Apps!  Remember apps of this type may be very helpful for children and adults with disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and intellectual disabilities. All of the apps discussed in this series are available for rent on an iPad through IPAT. iPrompts The iPrompts app, from Handhold Adaptive, […]

Part 2-Visual Schedules and Task Managers: Apps for Autism and Beyond!

This month we will continue our series in the area of visual calendars and task management systems. Apps of this type may be very helpful for children and adults with disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and intellectual disabilities. In part one we discussed the Choiceworks Bundle.  The Visual Schedule Planner app is on the docket today and is available for […]

Touch-Free Smartphone ~ “Open Sesame”

Finally, FINALLY someone has developed a truly hands-free smartphone that I can use. I’ve been waiting for this technology for 15 years. ~ Rick Frame from the United States This quote stuck as I was researching the Sesame Touch-Free Smartphone. It was a quote that resonated patience, possibly frustration, and ultimately victory! The Sesame Phone […]

Visual Schedules and Task Managers: Apps for Autism and Beyond! Part 1

Learning visually is a great mode for many people, including numerous children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  For some, using visual calendars and task management systems can make all the difference.  Although not for everyone, using mobile devices with apps of this type, allow us to quickly add photographs, audio, and video on the spot […]

New iPad and Mobile Device Mounts Available for Rent from IPAT: Part 3

My last two posts discussed four different mounts that we have available for rent here at IPAT.  Here is a Mount Comparison Chart to make choosing one a little easier. If you would like to rent one, please call 1-800-895-4728 or go to IPAT’s AT4ALL website. Mounts Part 1 Mounts Part 2