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Dollarbird App: Track and Forecast Your $

Dollarbird is a smart personal finance calendar with a lot to offer. It’s a money managment App for tracking and forecasting your money.  This App could be very useful for those just starting to manage their own finances.  It could help individuals with disabilities who are trying to become more independent with their finances.  It is […]

Amazon Echo Part 4: Echo and Harmony, have you heard how well they work together?

Amazon came out with three amazing products, the Echo, Dot, and Tap that all have on thing in common – Alexa Voice Service. By activating the feature users access music, information, news, sports scores, weather, and more. There is a growing number of smart home devices and applications that work with the Echo, Dot and […]

iCanConnect Success Story – Bismarck, ND

~ The Story ~ A Bismarck, ND lady was experiencing significant age-related hearing and vision barriers. As a result, her daughter from Minnesota was unable to have fulfilling conversations over the phone with her.  Looking for a solution, her daughter reached out to IPAT to solve the issue in an attempt to also pull her […]

911 and Texting in North Dakota: It’s HERE!!

As of today, texting a 911 operator is now a possibility, statewide in North Dakota. This is a major service improvement for people with hearing or speech disabilities, enabling them to text for help in an emergency. Contacting dispatch operators by texting may also aid those in situations, such as domestic violence, where calling 911 […]

Amazon Echo Part 3: whats the difference between the Amazon Echo, Dot, and Tap?

Amazon came out with three amazing products, the Echo, Dot, and Tap that all have on thing in common – Alexa Voice Service. By activating the feature users access music, information, news, sports scores, weather, and more. There is a growing number of smart home devices and applications that work with the Echo, Dot and […]

Diminish Screen Flicker & Brightness for People with Brain Injury

For some people with brain injury, lights can be debilitating due to photosensitivity. Some accommodate this by using sunglasses and hats with brims, however, this doesn’t do much for the bright,  flickering lights emanating from computer and mobile device screens. I was working with an individual with a brain injury last week who needed such an accommodation because […]

Couple “Gets By” in Their Home With a Little Help from Their IPAT Friends, and Others!

One blessing of working at IPAT, is the opportunity it provides to build relationships with consumers across ND. I’ve recently come to know a Fargo couple, who remain in their own home after 70+ years of marriage!  They are a modest pair with no interest in the limelight, so I won’t speak of them personally. […]

Amazon Echo Part 2: Echo + IFTTT = A match made in the Internet of Things

In this blog series, we will explore the new AT star, Amazon Echo. It was released November of 2014 with huge assistive technology (AT) promise. Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker users control with their voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more. In the blog Amazon Echo Part […]

Amazon Echo Part 1: a consumer product with huge assistive technology potential!

The assistive technology (AT) world rejoices when a consumer product is released with big AT potential. Price, access, and reliable technical support are just a few of many reasons why consumer products are welcomed with arms wide open. For example, since its release consider what the iPad has brought to the AT arena. It opened up a whole […]

CapTel’s 2400i – An Innovative Phone with Captions

CapTel telephones are, at many times, a wonderful solution for people with hearing loss. For those not familiar with CapTel, these phones work the same as any other telephone, but they display the words the caller is saying. CapTel has four different models: 840, 840i, 880i, and 2400i . . . . and the focus of […]


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