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Two Birds-One Device: Portable Two-Way Communicator & Alarm

During a recent consult, I was asked the following questions by someone caring for an individual with dementia: “Is there a device that will sound an alarm when the individual leaves their bedroom that I can clip to my belt?” “I also want to be able to talk to them, to slow them down before […]

Got an iOS Device? Get a Free User Guide

  There are FREE user guides for iOS devices that can be downloaded as an eBook.  Apple has made guides available for the iPhone, iPad,  iOS 5.1 and iOS 6.  If you want to make the most of your iOS device, head over to iTunes and download what you need today. Note – to view the guides, the […]

FREE phone?!

Yes, there is a way to get a new telephone at no charge! Almost all states in the country have a specialized telecommunication equipment distribution program  for persons with disabilities. In North Dakota, IPAT is the source for the Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Service (TEDS) that makes available a variety of phones and accessories to meet the […]

Used Stairlift Makes Remaining Home Possible

Do you know someone who has trouble going up and down stairs? A case manager in northwestern North Dakota did and contacted IPAT for help. An older gentleman she was working with was no longer able to safely use the stairs in his home, and as a consequence was at risk for an out of home placement. […]

Try the Built-in Onscreen Keyboard First

Whether you need an on-screen keyboard because you are using an alternative input such as a mouth joystick or you need one because your keyboard just stopped working like mine did when I was writing this article, Microsoft has a decent onscreen keyboard already built into any computer running Windows.  I recommend you consider this […]

Music: Assistive Technology for Reconnecting those with Dementia to the World

Many of us have experienced how various types of music can evoke certain emotions and memories, which can completely change our moods.  For some people with dementia, music has shown to help them not only with mood, but also with communication, alertness, behavior, and general quality of life. Just as with other types of assistive […]

99-year-old woman uses technology to continue living in her own home

I recently had the opportunity to work with “Mary” and her caregiver to talk about ways for her to stay safe at home. Mary has a hearing loss and her caregiver mentioned that she was not answering phone calls or hearing when people were at the front door. Mary was willing to explore options as […]

Lesson Learned

A while back, a man, who was having trouble capturing important information during meetings, visited IPAT for a solution.  After discussion and demonstration of a few devices, we decided on trial of a Live Scribe Echo SmartPen from the IPAT Equipment Loan Library.  This small pen captures the audio and ties it to written notes on special […]

Practical Guides for a Lifetime of Assistive Technology Use

Peggy S. Shireley   Need assistive technology (AT) information? We can help you with that. IPAT has developed 10 practical guides that highlight the use of AT from early childhood through late retirement. Within these guides, we have taken the mystery out of selecting and obtaining AT, given you information from which you can pose […]

Android vs Apple — What’s the right choice for assistive technology?

With the introduction of smartphones and tablets into the field of assistive technology (AT) there has been a quiet war being waged; which operating system is the best to use for AT? Apple iOS has been dominant in the field of AT for its variety of uses. From communication  (Proloqou2Go , Assistive Chat) and vision […]


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