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Setting the Date – a Moshi How To

Most of us take telling time for granted, we glance at a watch, a clock or our mobile device many times each day. For persons with vision, mobility or cognitive disabilities, this frequent and necessary task is not as easy. One solution IPAT has found to help people with disabilities tell time is the hands-free, […]

Push or Pedal, Either Way, Be a Possibility Maker!

Thanks to Possibility Makers, over the last two years, Renee, Susan, Chris, Calvin, Debra, Cindy and over 35 other people from ages 2 to 99 have received assistive technology (AT) through the IPAT Pedaling for Possibilities Fund to help them live fuller, more independent lives.  The funds raised, to date, have provided AT such as: […]

Home Modifications for Disabled Veterans

Returning home for some military members means adjusting to a disability. For some who have aged with a service related disability, needs change over time. Whichever the case may be, there are programs to help make living in your home and staying independent possible. One way Veterans Affairs attempts to help is to provide dollars […]

Assistive Technology…It’s so Freeing!

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of working with Greg, a wonderful man, who composed this letter below with the very technology he tells us about.  He is an inspiration to anyone who knows him, and now, after reading his beautiful letter,  hopefully to you!There are many people in the world that have […]

The Easiest Way to Expand a Doorway

Have you ever wanted to have a couple extra inches when moving something through a doorway, maybe a sofa, refrigerator, or washing machine? Expandable door hinges may have been the answer to saving you the skin on your knuckles. But as we age or sustain an injury, widening doorways a few inches may become a […]

Can School Purchased AT Go Home?

IPAT staff regularly field calls from parents of school-aged children who use assistive technology for educational purposes. One question that often arises, is whether or not school purchased assistive technology (AT) can be taken home. The simple answer is yes – but AT home use  needs to be documented on the child’s Individualized Education Plan […]

AT Home Fire Safety

      Home fires are more prevalent during the winter season – cooking and alternative heating source problems, combined with holiday light malfunctions can make fire safety an important matter this time of year. Here are some quick facts from the National Fire Protection Association from 2011: > 2520 fire deaths occurred in the […]

Got the Big Monitor, and You Still Can’t See?

This past year, I received several calls from people with low vision who purchased large computer monitors ( 23-27″), but still had trouble navigating and reading the text, icons, and pictures on the screen.  If this has happened to you, there are some easy and quick things you can do to the settings on your […]

AT as Part of Emergency Preparedness

No one likes emergencies or natural disasters, but we all know they are a part of life and we need to be ready for them. For people with disabilities and those experiencing the effects of aging, planning ahead for such events is crucial in securing a positive outcome. Did you know that being ready is […]

“Have Yourself a Merry Little (AT) Christmas!”

Once again the holiday season is upon us – a time when messages of Christmas totally surround us and fill our hearts and minds with anticipation of the upcoming celebration. The standing tradition of purchasing and exchanging gifts ranks high among the thoughts of both children and adults, with kids being more preoccupied with the […]


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