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New to the IEP World? Assistive Technology 101 for Parents

It is never easy to adjust to new and unexpected things in our lives. Learning that your child has a disability, and will need special education services, can be one of those things. I would like to make the unexpected world of the IEP simpler for parents, by offering information specific to receiving AT devices and […]

Computing Quickly and Accurately for the First Time!

Type….type….delete…delete…type…DELETE…type. This is what composing a simple email was like for Erik before he found out about computer adaptations that could help him.  He had been using a computer for years, however, lately due to aging, arthritis and the fact he has cerebral palsy,  accessing the computer became more of an exercise in futility.  Erik […]

How to Create a Pedaling for Possibilities Team

If you are looking for a friendly physical competition for a good cause that your friends, family, or co-workers can participate in, Pedaling for Posibilities (P4P) is the answer! The event day includes lively music, an entertaining emcee, food, and of course – indoor cycling! Creating a team is easy, and there is no entry […]

Hot Off the Press – IPAT’s Impact Report

It is with little fanfare but a healthy dose of pride that I offer the 2012-2014 IPAT Impact Report. Take a few minutes to page through what kept us busy, and the people of North Dakota connected to assistive technology devices and services. In our summary, you will discover who used our demonstration centers and what device […]

Does My Cell Phone Have Bluetooth?

  The Basics About Bluetooth What is Bluetooth? The ability to connect one Bluetooth enabled piece of technology to another through a short range wireless connection. (Learn more here.) What do you use Bluetooth for? Bluetooth is found in cell phones, tablets, computers and more. It can: Connect two devices together, such as a cell […]

Cooking Safely: Never Forget to Turn Off the Range

My mother has difficulty remembering. There have been several incidences when she forgot to turn off her oven or stove while cooking, ruining her meal. I am afraid that someday her forgetfulness will cause a fire — or worse. She needs some sort of an alarm to alert her when she leaves her cooking unattended. […]

As Needs Change, So Should Home Environments

Over the course of time, you may notice that some home environments actually hinder daily activities. That is because with time comes change, and whether your changes are temporary, gradual, permanent or sudden, you may find that stairs, tubs, and kitchens have become hard or impossible to use. Regardless of how your changes occurred, they needn’t prevent you from remaining […]

ND Woman Connecting to the World via IPAT’s iCanConnect Program

“Catch you on Skype!” “Email it to me.” “I will fill you in when I call you later.”  These are many of the phrases we use in today’s digital age indicating the multiple ways we now stay connected.  If you have a dual hearing and vision loss, though, these methods can be impossibilities if one […]

This Holiday Season Be Nice, Not Naughty: Use the Most Readable Low Vision Font

It is holiday greeting card time! Tis the season to remember friends and family, whether across the street or across the globe. Be nice to those on your mailing list who may have low vision, and consider using a font with consistent stroke widths, open counterforms, and pronounced ascenders and descenders to make reading easier for […]

5 Ways to Use a Computer Hands-Free

There are many reasons someone would need to access the computer without their hands, such as a Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), quadriplegia, Muscular Dystrophy, etc.. Although we have written about several of these wonderful, hands-free inventions below over the last couple years, we thought it would be nice to have a collective […]

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