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TheraTryke Exercise!

Cruising down the road, you will see bicycles of all kinds. One proposed bike is designed specifically for people with MS, spinal cord injuries, or paraplegia. The TheraTryke is constructed in such a way that it can be used for both therapeutic and recreational purposes. Riders use their hands as the main source of power […]

Say Goodbye to Distractions and Hello to Guided Access

If you are not currently a tablet or smartphone user, you probably know someone who is, or at the least, experienced someone using a digital device in a public setting. So by now most people understand all of the wonderful benefits digital devices offer, including mobile access to the internet, the ability to take photos […]

Training on Apps and Accessibility for Vision Loss : A Handout

IPAT was recently asked to give a hands-on workshop to the North Dakota Vision Rehabilitation Specialists in the area of apps for vision and accessibility for the iPad/iPhone. Participants learned about apps that do everything from recognizing products to those that speak text aloud from a photograph. They learned about the great capacity that Apple Mobile products have […]

Family Vacation Time? Theme Parks with Special Needs in Mind

Summer is here, and for many that includes plans for a family vacation. While at the Autism Walk in Bismarck recently, a family asked me if I could direct them to any theme parks where accommodations for children with disabilities were available. This was a new question for me, and even though it is not directly related […]

Where is IPAT for July 2015?

This July, IPAT will be at some exciting events! Our very own Peggy Shireley will be in Washington D.C. July 13-15 for the State AT Act Programs Conference; and will be presenting about IPAT’s unique AT outreach activities for North Dakotan’s over 60. Peggy will also be meeting with members of Congress regarding the reauthorization of […]

Call Hands-free with the RCx-1000 Remote Control Speakerphone

The RCx-1000 Remote Control Speakerphone, at first glance, does not look like a phone at all! Flat, square, and covered with buttons of various shapes and sizes, it bears rows of flashing lights, places to write names, and a pendant. There is no handset, coiled telephone cord, or any other indication that this device operates seemlessly as […]

Vision Not What is Was? Look to Pen Friend

I was working with a woman in her 80’s who let me know in no uncertain terms that aging was hard work, and living with vision loss made it even harder. She told me her low vision made her seem so much less able than she actually is, and she was afraid that living on […]

A Slippery Business: Staying Standing in the Bathtub!

When most people think of grab bars, they may often think of the old standard, permanent, wall mounted grab bars. Look a little further and you will find a sea of various devices to keep you from becoming a statistic and landing in the hospital from a fall.  The following are three types of grab bars that […]

Is an IPAT Presentation Your Answer?

Are you responsible for lining up speakers for your club? Do you need to keep your staff up to date on services available around the state? IPAT could be your answer! IPAT delivers informational talks on a regular basis as part of our public awareness outreach. These presentations are directly related to the services we […]

Amazon Shopper? Support IPAT Through AmazonSmile!

I am all about killing two birds with one stone when I can. And it is in that spirit that I ask all our blog readers who already shop Amazon to consider supporting IPAT through AmazonSmile. What is it you ask? AmazonSmile is simply a website operated by Amazon. It lets you enjoy the same convenient, online shopping experience while supporting your favorite […]


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