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Donors’ Dollars Making a Difference

Thanks to our generous donors, seven North Dakota residents have already received assistive technology (AT) awards through Pedaling for Possibilities (P4P)! The first round of P4P 2016 applications was reviewed in March, and recipients from Rolette to Sargent and Morton to Grand Forks counties were awarded AT funding. They ranged in age from 30 years […]

ABLE Accounts are Coming!

If you are an individual with a disability or have a family member with a disability, this blog is for you. Due to the passage of the Stephen King Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act in 2014, you can now open tax-advantaged accounts for the purposes of saving to cover the costs of disability-related […]

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 […]

All the Best, Bob Puyear!

I first met Bob Puyear, over twenty years ago at an Independent Living Conference in Fargo, North Dakota. I couldn’t have known, nor even dreamed how much he would serve and shape the IPAT program, as an advocate, user, and real believer in assistive technology. So, it is with true appreciation and a heavy heart that IPAT […]

Accessible Prescription Labels Available

Has age diminished your vision, and placed taking medication on your ‘to-do’ list? This can be a dangerous combination as you can misread a label and medicate incorrectly. Thankfully, there are accessible prescription labels available to help people with low vision/blindness take medications independently and correctly. These labels are available nationwide at all local Rite Aid and Walmart […]

Accessibility Alert: Attention ALL Video Program Distributors

On November 25, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that as of November 30, 2015, video programming distributors must ensure that emergency information provided in text scrolls on television be accessible to persons who are blind or visually impaired. To help ensure this, the emergency information provided in the video portion of programming is now […]

Are Your Tweets Accessible?

If you are a Twitter user and you use it for work, make sure you are taking some simple steps to ensure that the content of your tweets is accessible to readers with disabilities. A quick Twitter overview: it is a popular social networking tool that allows users to send ‘tweets’, short text-based messages up to […]

So Much AT to Learn – Where to Begin?

IPAT staff has the luxury of living and breathing assistive technology (AT) day-in and day-out. We are immersed in discovering new AT apps and devices, learning about device and app upgrades, and researching AT funding streams for people of all ages and disabilities who may benefit from AT. But how do others interested in or responsible for the provision of […]

Accessible Housing Grant Dollars Available

Do you or someone you know need to make modifications to their existing home due to a physical disability? If you answered yes, do you also know that there are grants available from the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) to make accessibility improvements? There are, under the Rehab Accessibility Program (RAP). In order to be considered […]

Service/Companion Animals and Rights of Tenants/Landlords

Service and companion dogs can be the bridge to increased independence for people with disabilities, consequently their use is upheld in three federal laws. The 1986 Air Carrier Access Act, 1988 Fair Housing Amendments Act and 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. The latter two uphold the rights of a tenant with disabilities requiring such a dog, and […]