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Donate to IPAT on Giving Hearts Day 2016!

Giving Hearts Day is the biggest charity giving day of the year in North Dakota. Because donations of $10 or more are matched, it is a great day for donors to multiply the results of their giving. For 24 hours on Giving Hearts Day, gifts will be matched dollar for dollar, up to at least […]

How to Use a Livescribe Smartpen to Study Smarter NOT Harder!

It is no secret, here at IPAT we love Livescribe’s smartpens and have boasted about the many wonderful things a smartpen can do for people with disabilties! Not up to speed? Check out the video below for a quick smartpen tutorial! Check out these past blog posts IPAT has written about the smartpen’s role in the world of […]

Accessibility Alert: Attention ALL Video Program Distributors

On November 25, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that as of November 30, 2015, video programming distributors must ensure that emergency information provided in text scrolls on television be accessible to persons who are blind or visually impaired. To help ensure this, the emergency information provided in the video portion of programming is now […]

CapTel App for Smartphones

Many of our readers and consumers are familiar with a CapTel Captioned Telephone, which is a phone that displays the words a caller says throughout the conversation. However, one particular IPAT consumer wanted the same service . . . . . on his smartphone! Due to a work-related incident, this gentleman has cochlear implants and difficulty hearing, […]

Watchminder: Get Personalized Vibrating Reminders Without a Smartphone!

Last month I wrote about a smartwatch and its ability to provide discreet vibrating reminders, which help people with ADHD, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, and more.  Today we are going to talk about a watch that provides reminders without a computer, tablet, or smartphone, the Watchminder. The Watchminder can provide up to 30 reminders per day and […]

AARP and Technology Education

Topics of technology are arising and coming at us faster than ever. Many of these innovative items can be daunting, and one may not know where to start. AARP has stepped in with an idea that will alleviate any stress and make learning technology fun! AARP is a nonprofit organization with a membership of more […]

Are Your Tweets Accessible?

If you are a Twitter user and you use it for work, make sure you are taking some simple steps to ensure that the content of your tweets is accessible to readers with disabilities. A quick Twitter overview: it is a popular social networking tool that allows users to send ‘tweets’, short text-based messages up to […]

Train Siri to Hear Better

The virtual assistant, Siri, seems to be getting better with age . . . . or in this case, update. By default, Siri can be opened by holding down the home button on your iPhone or iPad. Once opened, the button can be released and you may say your command. Within Apple’s iOS 9 updates, […]

How to Simply Safari and Goodbye Distractions!

One of my biggest online pet-peeves is opening a webpage that buries its content in pop-ups and distracting advertisements. For people who may easily experience sensory overload due to a disability like traumatic brain injury, Autism, or ADHD, pop-ups and distracting advertisements can change the online experience from a useful tool for gathering information for […]

Happy Holidays from IPAT!

Seasons Greetings! In warm appreciation for the past year, IPAT would like to extend our very best wishes to all for a happy holiday season. As we reflect on those we have worked with, all of us at IPAT are excited to begin a new year, which is sure to be filled with positive advancements. Please refer […]


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