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Be My Eyes – People Helping People

Smartphones, tablets, and apps – three things that have, in the past ten years, completely changed the way the world gets things done. Jobs and tasks that required a duffle bag full of items and tools have now been condensed down into one small and portable device. Smartphones, tablets, and apps help people stay organized, communicate, get tasks […]

Landline Not Required! Part 2: Landline-Style Phones for Hearing Loss

Have a hearing loss?  Need an amplified phone? No landline? No problem! Use your existing cellphone service to connect via Bluetooth to the landline-style phones below.  These phones offer the look, feel, and features of a landline phone without requiring landline phone service.   Clarity Sempre An amplified, corded phone that provides 53 dB of amplification, […]

Funding for Hearing Aids: North Dakotan Adults

Plain and simple, funding for hearing aids is hard to come by. Most people end up paying out of pocket for hearing aid expenses, and the average cost of one digital hearing aid is anywhere between $1,500 – $3,500! However, for adults seeking out funding opportunities for hearing aids in North Dakota, there are a few possibilities […]

Accessible Smart Home Systems: Lowe’s Iris

Many of us view smart home technologies such as the Nest or the Phillips Hue, as cool, fun, and made for the “person who has everything”. For people with severe physical disabilities such as quadriplegia, however, technologies such as these may be a necessity and the only way that they can control their environment. The majority of these […]

U-Mary PT Students Research a Solution

  Students enrolled in the University of Mary Physical Therapy (PT) program recently explored assistive technology (AT) with a purpose at the IPAT Demonstration Center in Bismarck. Dr. Mary Dockter, PT Department Chair, in collaboration with Peggy Shireley, an IPAT Senior AT Consultant, created an exceptional hands-on experience for the students. Each student was given a case-study involving real-life […]

Spring Out of Your Seat

Spring is almost upon us;  the time for getting up, getting going, and getting things done!  But about that getting up part…what if it isn’t the easiest thing? If you or a loved one are having trouble getting out of your seat, check out the Assistive Technology (AT) solutions below. If you would like to […]

Pedaling for Possibilities 2015 Results

IPAT’s 2015 Pedaling for Possibilities fundraising and stationary bike event was a success! Over $25,000 was raised so that people with disabilities and those experiencing the effects of aging in North Dakota and Moorhead, MN can purchase assistive technology for independence at work, home, or school. To see event day photos click THIS LINK. Check out […]

Look Ma – I Made an AC Outlet a Phone Jack!

When families down-size, they often overlook things like available phone jacks in their new environment. This happened to a family I was working with who required specialized phones due to the significant hearing loss of one of its members. After moving her parents into a senior-living apartment, I received a call from a very anxious daughter, who expressed concern about the lack of […]

Mad About Mice!

As computers and the internet become more and more integrated into everyday tasks, people find themselves behind a computer more often and for longer periods of time. With prolonged computer usage comes the potential for repetitive stress injuries due to improper positioning or overuse. One way to prevent or alleviate pain due to repetitive stress injuries in […]

Have your Text and Read it Too!

Do you have a reading disability and want to be able to easily read text on the go? Here are two apps that have built-in Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and allow you to take a picture of text and have it read back to you-Prizmo and ClaroSpeak Plus. Both of these apps run on the Apple […]

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