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Three More Great Tools for People with Dementia

In earlier blog posts, we discussed medication dispensers, alarms systems, and phones with picture dialing to help people in the early-moderate stages of dementia stay in their own home.  Here are a few more items to put in your toolbox! Door Murals In addition to door alarms, a door mural depicting something other than a […]

What’s a Great Way to Remember Something? Naturally it’s Apps!

One of the great things about mobile technology is the ability to have information at your finger tips when you need it. For someone with cognitive deficiencies the availability of information, reminders, and notifications is critical to staying independent. The focus of this article is to give you an idea of the assistive technology apps  that are […]

Vehicle to AT Funding – the IEP!

It is no longer just textbooks, paper and pencils getting the job done in today’s classroom. Today’s tools embrace online research, word processing and electronics for learning. For children in special education, using the tools of today may require the addition of assistive technology (AT). These potential AT needs are to be considered at every […]

Preventing Bathroom Falls

  Last week I had the opportunity to interact with a group of seniors who have been participating in the Stepping On program sponsored by the NDSU Extension Service and the First Lutheran Church in Fargo. This workshop is designed to help older adults learn ways to keep from falling and I had been asked […]

Steps Made Easy – No Need to Remodel!

  A while back, I was working with a family looking to remodel the bathroom/laundry area they had earlier created for their mother by converting an existing garage.  Sadly, as her arthritis worsened, she could no longer manage the 2 steps with an over-sized rise to the remodeled area safely. Her son heard about IPAT through a […]

3 Ways to Read For iPad Users With Low Vision

February is recognized as low vision awareness month. One of the comments that I routinely hear from individuals with low vision is that they want to be able to read. In the process of determining assistive technology for the purpose of reading we start with low tech items (magnifiers of various sizes and shapes), and […]

Mobile Device for Augmentative Communication: Insurance Style

An Android or Apple mobile device with a communication app for people who have difficulty speaking, such as an iPad with Proloquo2Go, is not a new concept anymore.  However, insurance paying for a mobile device with this type of software is not as commonplace.  A little over a year ago, Saltillo came out with the […]

Game On!

A little over two years ago IPAT was contacted by a young man looking for assistance in funding a custom built controller he could use to play video games on his PlayStation. He’d already learned enough about accessible gaming to know that Broadened Horizons, Inc. and its founder, Mark E. Felling, were a great source […]

Another Portable Text-to-Speech Solution for Dyslexia!

Last December, I reported on a few text-to-speech (TTS) apps with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for Apple (iOS) mobile devices. On the Android side of the planet, there is an app called CapturaTalk from Iansyst Ltd, whose main feature includes TTS with OCR.  This full-featured app powered by ABBYY, a popular and powerful OCR engine, allows a person […]

Personal Amplifiers for Hearing Loss

The Center for Hearing and Communication estimates that 38 million Americans have a significant hearing loss. This makes everyday activities like watching TV or talking with friends and family difficult. There are assistive technology options for someone with hearing loss and the hearing aid is usually the item most people think of. Hearing aids can […]

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