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Hearing Aid Collecting Dust? Put it to Use!

IPAT often fields calls from individuals looking for a place to donate used hearing aids. This blog provides a non-exhaustive list of organizations that recycle used hearing aids in North Dakota. HERO (Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization – 5212 53rd Street S, Suite C – Fargo, ND 701-212-1921 ND Hands & Voices Loaner Bank – 101 3rd Avenue […]

Learn How to Use an iPad! (And other helpful resources.)

How Might I Benefit from the Use of a Tablet? Tablet is a broad term for devices like the iPad, iPad mini, Nexus, and Galaxy Tab. A tablet can be used as an assistive technology (AT) tool to communicate, read, learn, navigate the world, identify objects, remember, connect with others, and more! As the popularity of tablets increases, […]

Meet IPAT’s CEO

IPAT has a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and it is my pleasure to introduce him. John Vastag, a Hebron, North Dakota native, now a long-time Fargo resident has accepted the leadership position with IPAT. Beginning in early September, he has been busy learning the ins and outs of IPAT, and working with the IPAT […]

IPAT Attends National Federation of the Blind of ND Meeting

IPAT had the privilege of presenting at the National Federation of the Blind of North Dakota (NFBND) state convention on September 19th. Also attending the event were representatives from the ND State Library, ND Department of Human Services, and the ND School for the Blind and Vision Services. Everett Bacon, President of the NFB-Utah addressed everyone regarding […]

ODIN VI Cell Phone Review – Accessible to the Blind

The ODIN VI is a talking cell phone designed specifically to be 100% accessible to the blind. The makers of ODIN VI were kind enough to send a demo version to IPAT, we checked it out, and picked out a few pros and cons! What We Liked Below the 2.25″ screen are four buttons. A […]

Let’s Play it Safe with AT for Cutting, Chopping, and Spreading!

Regardless if you have one hand or two, tremors from Parkinson’s, or other disabilities such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, being safe in the kitchen is a must.  Tasks such as cutting, chopping and spreading can be very difficult and unsafe when a person has physical disabilities that affect their fine motor skills. Fortunately there are several products […]

IPAT’s October Exhibits, Tours, Presentations – OH MY!

October has always been a busy month for IPAT staff, and this year is no exception. With summer over, school in session and the roads in good driving condition, agencies and organizations are busy hosting independent living fairs, informational talks, conferences, staff training and exhibits. Our staff of four consultants have said yes to providing an assistive […]

Minot, ND iCanConnect Consumer Covers All Corners

As he prepared himself to leave Minot and travel back to his southern home this fall, Mitchell was concerned about his mother’s current communication equipment. Edith, Mitchell’s mom, had both vision and hearing barriers. At age 92, Edith battles glaucoma and macular degeneration along with being legally deaf. These factors made it near impossible for […]

Home First, an IPAT Resource for YOU!

  At IPAT, we know that people experiencing the effects of aging and those with disabilities need to find different ways to do things. That is why we created the Home First Showroom in Fargo, the Home First Showroom app, and the Home First Showroom YouTube Channel. These different ways to do things are often […]

Part 3-Visual Schedules and Task Managers: Apps for Autism and Beyond!

It’s time for Part Three of Visual Schedule and Task Manager Apps!  Remember apps of this type may be very helpful for children and adults with disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and intellectual disabilities. All of the apps discussed in this series are available for rent on an iPad through IPAT. iPrompts The iPrompts app, from Handhold Adaptive, […]


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