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So Much AT to Learn – Where to Begin?

IPAT staff has the luxury of living and breathing assistive technology (AT) day-in and day-out. We are immersed in discovering new AT apps and devices, learning about device and app upgrades, and researching AT funding streams for people of all ages and disabilities who may benefit from AT. But how do others interested in or responsible for the provision of […]

In the News – A Snapshot of IPAT Services

Just recently, KVRR news anchor Sarah Brechbill made a stop at the Fargo IPAT office to learn about what we do and who we serve. The piece KVRR news aired illustrated a wonderful snapshot of the power of assistive technology devices and services. In the piece Sarah featured Geraldine Oas, a woman with ALS who utilized […]

Accessible Housing Grant Dollars Available

Do you or someone you know need to make modifications to their existing home due to a physical disability? If you answered yes, do you also know that there are grants available from the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) to make accessibility improvements? There are, under the Rehab Accessibility Program (RAP). In order to be considered […]

Technology to Help Us with our Technology: Vivosmart!

Smartphones can be a great tool for many people to help them remember to do things, stay on task, and organize their lives. These mobile devices can make self-management possible for many people, especially those with brain injury, PTSD, autism, ADHD, and many other disabilities where self management is affected. But what happens when you need help managing the […]

IPAT Event Calendar – December 2015

When we are not serving North Dakotan’s with disabilities at their home, work, school or in one of our offices, we make an effort to reach out to communities across the state to inform people about all IPAT has to offer. Below is a list of events IPAT will be attending in the month of December. […]

Trouble Writing in Forms? Let the ScanWritr App Help!

Do you have trouble filling out worksheets, tests and forms with handwriting due to fine motor issues, arthritis, dysgraphia, or other disabilities?  Is typing easier for you than writing? If you answered “YES” to either of these questions, then Scanwritr might be just what you need. Just like the Snaptype app that Peggy wrote about last year, the Scanwritr app allows one to take […]

IPAT Will Never Forget this Group who Visited!

IPAT’s Home First Showroom is a ‘real home’ environment where people can explore and try out different types of assistive technology (AT) for independence and safety. Since the opening of the Home First Showroom, IPAT has hosted hands-on tours for many different entities including support groups, teachers, nurses, therapists, college students, and more. In October IPAT had a […]

Service/Companion Animals and Rights of Tenants/Landlords

Service and companion dogs can be the bridge to increased independence for people with disabilities, consequently their use is upheld in three federal laws. The 1986 Air Carrier Access Act, 1988 Fair Housing Amendments Act and 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. The latter two uphold the rights of a tenant with disabilities requiring such a dog, and […]

Bismarck “Mini” Loan Library

Introducing the “Mini” Loan Library at the Bismarck IPAT office! We’ve reviewed a select few items our consumers consistently rent, and delivered them to Bismarck. Some of these items include a Bellman Mino personal amplification device, MedReady medication dispensers, GoTalk communication devices, and a Rollermouse Free. Why the change? We want to ensure our consumers stopping […]

How’s your Phorm? A Tactile Morphing Keyboard/Case for the iPad!

For some, the ability to feel the keys when typing is a must, which can make using mobile devices very frustrating!  External Bluetooth keyboards and keyboard/cases are bulky and not that portable.  You pretty much need to use it on a table.  For this reason, I am very excited to try Phorm! Phorm provides a smooth […]


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