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iPad Bluetooth Switch Access Disconnecting? Get Hooked!

We have been using Bluetooth switch interfaces with the Apple mobile devices and the built-in switch access for a few years with our clients here at IPAT.  We have found that in some instances, the switch interface’s Bluetooth connection with the iDevice disconnects frequently, and the individual does not have the support system to get it […]

KNFB Reader Now for Android Device Users!

The KNFB Reader is an app that provides scan and read technology in a portable easy to use format for people with vision or reading disabilities.  This app will take a picture of almost any printed document and then read it out loud to the user almost instantaneously. Back on November 6, 2014, Jeannie highlighted […]

Schedule Your IPAT Home First Tour in Mandan!

The gears are turning and the office is bustling at IPAT in Mandan! Do you want to view the amazing technology and learn about IPAT’s diverse amount of services? Then schedule a tour of IPAT’s Home First Demonstration Center in Mandan today! Whether you’re a family member or friend, an individual in need, a medical […]

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 […]

Use Assistive Technology? Not too Late to Upgrade to Windows 10!

Have you been delaying your Windows 10 upgrade because your assistive technology (AT) has not caught up with the future? Then take a deep breath and relax.  According to Microsoft, even if you missed the July 29, 2016 deadline AND you use assistive technology, you can still upgrade. Once you are ready, you can go […]

Collaboration On the Road

IPAT strives to work with others in our field because it is the best way to assure we deliver the best services possible. It is very simple – the more we put our heads together the better AT solutions we provide! Two specific entities we work with often are the ND School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf […]

Get to Know Assistive’s Board of Directors!

Assistive relies on their trusted board members to help guide our organization in growing and providing better services each and everyday. Take a moment to learn about the people who make up Assistive’s board! Representative Pete Silbernagel, President Pete began his career working for North Dakota based Melroe Company. His career with Melroe included working in Gwinner, […]

Get Hip with the hipKey

Losing your keys? Need a motion alarm on a laptop bag? How about an alarm to keep your child nearby? The hipKey has you covered! hipKey is a simple Bluetooth device that connects your iPhone to your valuables. A number of settings (volume, vibration, distance) allow for the hipKey to work at a full capacity. […]

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 […]

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 […]


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