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Sneak Peek! Exciting IPAT News . . . .

The brainstorming and construction are in full force. Coming Soon in Summer 2016, the Bismarck IPAT office will be moving to a new location! Of course, since this is a sneak peek, the location and more details are to come. Nonetheless, the goal of the new office space is to better serve our consumers and expand for […]

10 Features to Consider in an Accessible Kitchen

Most conventional kitchens are very difficult to navigate if you use a wheelchair or you have other mobility difficulties. When making your existing kitchen accessible or building a new one from scratch, the following are just a few items to get you started. Many of these, we have in our Home First Demonstration Kitchen in the Fargo IPAT Center, […]

iCanConnect Helped A Woman Stay In Touch with Family and Friends

Freda boasts a long life full of many blessings including one of particular abundance – friends and family. When Freda experienced difficulty understanding others on the phone due to a hearing loss, her daughter Sue contacted IPAT and Freda received an amplified telephone through the Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Service. The amplification of the telephone alone […]

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 […]

April Showers . . . . Bring Your Raingear!

It’s that time of year again. Especially in North Dakota, it can be sunny and 72 degrees one day, and wet and dreary the next. However, no matter the season, it’s a good idea to be prepared with the proper weather gear. For those folks that use a wheelchair, here are a number of great […]

Keep Track of Your Loved Ones with Silver Mother

Medical alerts such as Phillips Lifeline are a great safety solution, but what happens if an incident occurs and your loved one is unable to push the emergency button? They could be without help for a very long time.  No news is not good news! Enter SilverMother. This unobtrusive monitoring system allows you to detect a problem even […]

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 […]

A ND Woman Stays out of a Nursing Home for $150!

According to an 2014 AARP study, 87% of seniors age 65+ want to stay in their current home and community.  In 2007, a rural North Dakota woman was feeling the same when she and her family sought a way to help her stay home after a hospitilization due to medication mismanagement. This woman’s healthcare worker […]

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 […]

REACH! Long Handled Aids for Daily Living

Some of my favorite assistive technology solutions are low-tech gadgets that make a huge impact in everyday independence. No one wants to ask for help when it comes to self-care, but for those with arthritis, limited reaching abilities, or difficulties bending over, self-care can be the most challenging part of the day. In this blog […]


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