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Senior Safety Program-Updates for 2016-2017

Since 2003, IPAT has been responsible for the day-to-day implementation of North Dakota’s Assistive Safety Devices Distribution Services through a contract with the ND Department of Human Services, Aging Services.  The Senior Safety Program, as it is known, provides up to $300 of safety equipment to qualifying ND Residents, age 60 years and older, not residing in a […]

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 […]

Volunteer for Pedaling for Possibilities 2016!

Pedaling for Possibilities (P4P) needs you! Contribute to P4P by volunteering! Kohl’s Cares volunteers. Pedaling for Possibilities 2016 Volunteer Opportunities When: February 13th, 2016 from 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm Where: Courts Plus Community Fitness 3491 University Drive South Fargo, ND 58104 Volunteer Opportunities Available: Bike Team Manager: Helps riders with bike set-up, assists riders during […]

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 […]

DPI Releases New AT Guidelines!

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has updated and made available online, Guidelines for the Provision of Assistive Technology to Students with Disabilities under IDEA Part B. This comprehensive guide will serve both educators and parents well as they strive to promote learning through assistive technology (AT) devices and services using the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process. […]

Simple Trick Extends Hearing Aid Battery Life

IPAT works with many people who experience hearing loss, and as a result wear hearing aids. As a hearing aid wearer myself, I am familiar with the need to frequently change batteries and the corresponding cost. When information about an 8th grader’s discovery to extend the life of hearing aid batteries was shared with IPAT, I decided to […]

Speech Generating Devices and Medicare Coverage: Now We’re Talkin’!

Many of you have been following the big Medicare changes that have been happening over the last couple years regarding coverage of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices or Speech Generating Devices (SGDs).  These changes, some of which were actually implemented on a short-term basis, threatened the ability of people with severe communication disabilities, such as ALS, […]

Assistive Technology Inventor Resource Guide Available!

      The RESNA Catalyst Project has recently published its AT Inventor Resource Guide. The purpose of the Guide is point inventors and others interested in the growth of the assistive technology industry to available resources to promote new products and share ideas. There are seven specific resources identified, all serving a different purpose. To […]