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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 a 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 hospitalization 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 […]

Medical ID on Your iPhone

One of the lesser known, but perhaps most important, features of Apple’s iOS 8 is a digital “Medical ID”, which can provide important personal health-related information in the event of an emergency. Users can configure it by following these steps: Launch Health app > Tap Medical ID > Choose Create Medical ID. A number of items […]

New Apple Notes Features You Need to Know About!

For those who haven’t opened the Notes application since upgrading to iOS 9 or OS X El Capitan, its time to explore! The new features in the Notes application have boosted the app from a simple place to type a quick memo, to a one-stop place for organizing and archiving information, pictures, videos, ideas, and more. […]

All the Best, Bob Puyear!

I first met Bob Puyear, over twenty years ago at an Independent Living Conference in Fargo, North Dakota. I couldn’t have known, nor even dreamed how much he would serve and shape the IPAT program, as an advocate, user, and real believer in assistive technology. So, it is with true appreciation and a heavy heart that IPAT […]

“Ring Me” Even When I Am Muted!

Many people have rid themselves of their landlines and are just going wireless. We did this a few years ago when we realized that the only reason we were ever using our landline was…well, we weren’t…at all!  The only people who called us were telemarketers.  After  two weeks of leaving our landline behind, we realized that we […]

The Power of Lightning

An IPAT success story in which all the “pieces” fell into place . . . . Having worked hard on a farm in North Dakota for a number of years, Billy developed joint pain in his elbows. This caused barriers completing his daily activities on the farm, and Billy began seeing a physical therapist to […]


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