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Don’t let rough terrain stop your cane travel; use the Dakota Disk to climb those mountains or trek through the snow

Several years ago I worked at ND Vision Services/School for the Blind and was a co-worker with Paul Olson who was then the Orientation and Mobility (O & M) Instructor.  Now Paul is the superintendent of the school but is still very involved with O & M.  In fact, he invented a new cane tip, […]

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. […]

We Are Officially ASSISTIVE!

We are now Officially ND ASSISTIVE!! Our open houses in Mandan and Fargo are complete. We are all so excited and grateful to be working at ASSISTIVE and to continue to help people with disabilities discover that there is NO impossible with Assistive Technology! Thank you to all who helped make this possible including David Hanson […]

A Portable Scanner Alternative for the iPhone – ScanJig!

  For people with disabilities scanning or taking pictures documents, books, magazines, and more provide: Text to be read by Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software so people with reading disabilities, low vision, blindness, or other disabilities can convert text to speech. A picture of a document, such as a worksheet, so that people with writing difficulties can […]

Whaaaaat’s S’Up: Eat with a Spoon Again!

Do you have trouble feeding yourself with a spoon due to Parkinson’s, Essential Tremor, Cerebral Palsy, or disabilities with similar needs? The S’Up Spoon just might help! Created by Grant Douglas and an industrial engineer from 4c Design in Glascow, Scotland,  the S’Up Spoon allows you to scoop food in its deep cavity or pocket and […]

Assistive Technology: Know About It Before You Need It!

  I will never forget, about 15 years ago, hearing the following from a teary-eyed consumer,  “If I had only known about this locked medication dispenser, I never would have put my dad into a nursing home! Medication was the only reason he couldn’t live in his own home.”  At that point in my work […]

ND School for the Blind Foundation Announces Grant Program

The North Dakota School for the Blind Foundation has announced a grant program, especially designed to help meet the needs of students and adults with visual impairments.  Ten or more grants, each one ranging from $25 up to $500, will be awarded to Infants through Grade 12 students.  Two or more grants, each ranging from $25 […]

Apple iOS 10 Part 2: Additional Accessibility Features

In this blog series, I will cover the Color Filters feature added to Accessibility with iOS 10.  If the last blog didn’t make you check out the Accessibility Features with the iOS 10 upgrade on your iPhone and iPad, this next feature I describe will! No other phone or touch screen tablet has ever addressed […]

iCanConnect Success Story – Bismarck, ND

~ The Story ~ A Bismarck, ND lady was experiencing significant age-related hearing and vision barriers. As a result, her daughter from Minnesota was unable to have fulfilling conversations over the phone with her.  Looking for a solution, her daughter reached out to IPAT to solve the issue in an attempt to also pull her […]

Diminish Screen Flicker & Brightness for People with Brain Injury

For some people with brain injury, lights can be debilitating due to photosensitivity. Some accommodate this by using sunglasses and hats with brims, however, this doesn’t do much for the bright,  flickering lights emanating from computer and mobile device screens. I was working with an individual with a brain injury last week who needed such an accommodation because […]