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Freedom Alert- An Emergency Alert System That Provides The Help You Need

What is it? The Freedom Alert is a two-way emergency communicator. With a push of a button on the  wearable pendant, users can talk directly to relatives, neighbors, friends or a 911 operator to get emergency help. How does it work? By pushing the pendant button, the pendant sends a signal to the base unit, […]

5 Great iPad Gestures for Low Vision!

  Here at IPAT, I’ve visited with countless individuals experiencing low vision caused by a wide variation of diseases including  macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, cataracts, and glaucoma. With that, I’ve recognize a common pattern in relation to goals individuals with low vision hope to accomplish during their time with me. High on that list of goals […]

Be Heard with Voice Amplification

  Communication and being understood is extremely important for an individual’s overall well being. We all have feelings, needs, and information we want to express and share with the people around us. When an individual feels misunderstood or ignored because they have difficulty communicating effectively, feelings of frustration, anger, sadness, or even depression follow. Recently, […]

“A Communication Device will Prevent Speech from Developing” and Other Myths

There are many children and adults in the world with complex communication needs (CCN) who would benefit from Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Nonetheless, unfounded misconceptions that have existed for decades sometimes prevent people from even investigating the possibility of how AAC might help them or someone they know. Much has been written over the years discussing […]

Apps for Seniors

More and more seniors are embracing the mobile technology revolution. They have embraced the technology and want to be able to engage like everyone else. This has been demonstrated at recent training I have provided at Touchmark on West Century (see picture below). Although  individual’s needs and wants may be different there are some basic […]

Why NOT Updating Your Home is WORSE than Going to Jail!

The word is out, you’ve heard it on TV, radio and even read about it on this blog site – Americans want to remain in their own homes as they age. The problem is, very few of them or their families are acting to make alterations in their homes to accommodate age-related changes in abilities. […]

Reading and Writing Difficulties? There’s an App for That!

The world is changing, and for individuals with specific learning disabilities (SLD) who have trouble reading and writing, that is a good thing! The change is the explosion of mobile devices and the thousands of apps available for them. According to the American Psychiatric Association, in the United States school-aged population, 4% of students are affected […]

New Solutions for Cell Phone Amplification!

The world is a changin’! More and more people are using cell phones and eliminating their land lines.  Although this transformation is great for so many reasons, there have not been as many options available for cell phone amplification as there have been for land lines. Well things are looking up! Below are two cell […]

AT for Wandering and Tracking

  Caregivers are essential to the overall well being of individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and related issues. Often, a Caregiver’s list of tasks include the prevention of an individual wandering and the tracking of an individual if they do wander. This is sometimes a daunting task as Caregivers must always stay one step ahead […]

How Has Assistive Technology Impacted Your Life?

Working with assistive technology on a daily basis, we get to see the potential it has. We want to provide you an opportunity to let everyone know how assistive technology has impacted your life. If you are an end user, tell us how a particular device has changed the way you do things. If you […]


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