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An iPad Changed This Woman’s Life

After working with IPAT staff, Judy Wall, a woman with low vision, determined Assistive Technology (AT) was what she needed to get back to doing the things she loves to do! Through Possibilities Grant dollars (raised by donations from people all across the state of ND and Red River Valley) she was able to get […]

AT On the Fly with Twist Ties!

You’ve probably seen an industrial foam coated twist tie before, and maybe even used one yourself to secure equipment in your garage, or keep a long cord organized and in place. But did you know those same little twist ties are often used to help people with disabilities adapt everyday items? Industrial twist ties can… …act […]

Get Tecla! Hands-Free Control of Your Devices

I had the privilege to attend the 34th Annual Closing the Gap Conference in Bloomington, MN with other IPAT AT Consultants.  Not only did this conference offer a number of presentations and workshops, but also offered an exhibit hall filled with vendors that showcased their products and services to assist people of all ages with […]

Apple Apps to Help With Task Management

There are many useful apps out there to assist individuals with communication needs, developmental delays, those who are on the autism spectrum, and anyone who would benefit from a structured environment with visual schedules to increase independence and lower anxiety.  Here are some of my favorites…  Pictello Pictello is the perfect tool for visual storytelling […]

Assistive Technology: Know About It Before You Need It!

  I will never forget, about 15 years ago, hearing the following from a teary-eyed consumer,  “If I had only known about this locked medication dispenser, I never would have put my dad into a nursing home! Medication was the only reason he couldn’t live in his own home.”  At that point in my work […]

Creating AT Solutions in Minutes with Therese Willkomm

In September I was fortunate to attended the workshop, “Creating Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes: Supporting children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Blind/Visually Impaired and /or have Multiple Disabilities,” that emphasized how easily Assistive Technology (AT) can be modified or customized. As an AT Consultant for IPAT, I work with people who have disabilities to […]

ND School for the Blind Foundation Announces Grant Program

The North Dakota School for the Blind Foundation has announced a grant program, especially designed to help meet the needs of students and adults with visual impairments.  Ten or more grants, each one ranging from $25 up to $500, will be awarded to Infants through Grade 12 students.  Two or more grants, each ranging from $25 […]

Apple iOS 10 Part 2: Additional Accessibility Features

In this blog series, I will cover the Color Filters feature added to Accessibility with iOS 10.  If the last blog didn’t make you check out the Accessibility Features with the iOS 10 upgrade on your iPhone and iPad, this next feature I describe will! No other phone or touch screen tablet has ever addressed […]

IPAT AT Consultants Attend Closing the Gap

Last week, IPAT AT Consultants from both the Mandan and Fargo offices received some great professional growth while attending the 34th annual Closing the Gap Conference in Bloomington, MN. The conference offered a number of workshops, presentations, and an exhibit hall all related to assistive technology! Exhibits represented were from AbleNet, Inc., ModularHose.com, OrCam, Scanning Pens, […]

Apple iOS 10 Adds to Accessibility Features

  A new built in Magnifier is here!  iOS 10 launched officially to Apple users on September 13, 2016.  With iOS 10 there are new accessibility features noteworthy to highlight and recognize.  With each update, Apple continues to enhance and expand the accessibility options designed to make iPhones and iPads valuable to all, especially for […]


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