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Part 2-Visual Schedules and Task Managers: Apps for Autism and Beyond!

This month we will continue our series in the area of visual calendars and task management systems. Apps of this type may be very helpful for children and adults with disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and intellectual disabilities. In part one we discussed the Choiceworks Bundle.  The Visual Schedule Planner app is on the docket today and is available for […]

Touch-Free Smartphone ~ “Open Sesame”

Finally, FINALLY someone has developed a truly hands-free smartphone that I can use. I’ve been waiting for this technology for 15 years. ~ Rick Frame from the United States This quote stuck as I was researching the Sesame Touch-Free Smartphone. It was a quote that resonated patience, possibly frustration, and ultimately victory! The Sesame Phone […]

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, […]

Accessibility Services Available Through AMAC

Teachers everywhere are gearing up for a new school year, whether they are welcoming fifth-graders or college freshmen. For many, this includes identifying and creating materials that are accessible to students with disabilities. Where does one even begin? If you need textbooks, journals, or tests, I suggest you check out the accessible materials solutions available through AMAC. They began as […]

Get IPAT’s Home First Showroom In the Palm of Your Hand!

The Home First Showroom takes what can be an intimidating piece of technology and turns it into an inviting tool by providing a comfortable home environment during assistive technology exploration.   In October of 2013 IPAT opened the Home First Showroom in Fargo, ND. The Home First Showroom is a “real home” environment where people can explore and try […]

Find IPAT on Facebook!

Did you know IPAT has one of the most active Facebook pages regarding assistive technology (AT)?!? By “Liking” IPAT’s Facebook Page, you can stay up to date with all things IPAT including AT, news, presentations, legislation, and much more! IPAT’s Facebook page also provides opportunity for our followers to share information with family/friends or ask specific questions […]

One of Assistive Technology’s Best Kept Secrets: oneswitch.org.uk

I love everything about being an Assistive Technology (AT) Consultant. Everyday I come to work having absolutely no idea who might come through the IPAT doors, or what AT solutions I will be asked to help find. With each AT related experience I face, I gain a new insight and perspective that impacts me professionally […]

August 2015: Where is IPAT?

 At IPAT every day is different. We greet each day knowing there will be new people, assistive technology (AT) puzzles, and unexpected challenges in store! With our busy schedules we always make time to bring IPAT’s message and insights into the AT world to the community. Here is where IPAT will be the month of […]

Francine and her Adorable Service Dog Rudy build their Accessible Dream Home!

Since the age of 7 Francine McClendon has experienced difficulties in her mobility due to rheumatoid arthritis. For many years Francine speculated a service dog trained to help her in everyday activities would be a great way to increase her overall independence. After adopting Rudy, the intelligent, small, black and white Pappion-Bichon mix, Francine soon realized […]


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