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Posts By Lynette Wavra

“Read All About It: the C-Pen Reader”

The C-Pen Reader is an ideal tool for students, teachers and professionals to capture essential information!   It is a totally portable, pocket-sized device that reads text out loud with an English or Spanish human-like digital voice. It’s a scanning pen that displays a word definition and reads text aloud to support individuals with reading difficulties. It’s […]

Roll Your Way to Easier Computer Access

The RollerMouse by Contour www.contourdesign.com is an ergonomic alternative to the traditional computer mouse. It’s a mouse which moves a cursor around your screen which you control by moving a hollow tube around on a metal bar. If you want the cursor to move up, you rotate the tube away from you, and down you move it […]

Battery Operated Switch Scissors–It Really “Makes the Cut!”

Switch-adapted scissors from Enabling Devices will allow children and adults with varying types of disabilities participate in art and other classroom or home activities. They are easy to use. Only requirements are a switch and 2 AA batteries.  I tried them while the scissors was attached to the base unit, and then again after disconnecting […]

What a “Handi Thing!”

If you or someone you know, experiences tremors during fine motor tasks, the HandWeight could “lend a hand.”  The HandiWeight weighted glove was created by HandiThings. This glove increases kinesthetic awareness during fine motor or self-help activities.  It provides proprioceptive input, increases sensory feedback, and can also be used for strengthening exercises. It assists in promoting a good […]

Apple Apps to Help With Task Management

There are many useful apps out there to assist individuals with communication needs, developmental delays, those who are on the autism spectrum, and anyone who would benefit from a structured environment with visual schedules to increase independence and lower anxiety.  Here are some of my favorites…  Pictello Pictello is the perfect tool for visual storytelling […]

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 […]

Dollarbird App: Track and Forecast Your $

Dollarbird is a smart personal finance calendar with a lot to offer. It’s a money managment App for tracking and forecasting your money.  This App could be very useful for those just starting to manage their own finances.  It could help individuals with disabilities who are trying to become more independent with their finances.  It is […]

Couple “Gets By” in Their Home With a Little Help from Their IPAT Friends, and Others!

One blessing of working at IPAT, is the opportunity it provides to build relationships with consumers across ND. I’ve recently come to know a Fargo couple, who remain in their own home after 70+ years of marriage!  They are a modest pair with no interest in the limelight, so I won’t speak of them personally. […]

Meet Lucy….A Keyboard That Can Change Lives

A woman named Janine with cerebral palsy created: “Lucy,” an efficient hands free keyboard especially designed for individuals without hand function.  It’s operated with a small laser lamp beam pointed at the keyboard’s letters for a short, adjustable time.  The user can activate it without the need to push anything.  The laser is mounted on […]

Transition Grant Services: A Back to School Tool for Success

I can almost hear the wheels on the school bus going round and round….. The beginning of the new school year is right around the corner.  Parents and students are busy purchasing school supplies, clothing, sports gear, vehicles for new student drivers, locker furnishings, etc.etc.etc.  If a student doesn’t have the proper supplies, or doesn’t […]