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Bought an iPad, Now What?

iPads have taken society by storm – they are portable, affordable, and have loads of apps available for download to help mainstream and disability sector users. For those new to the iPad world, check out “Quick and Easy Pointers to Get the Most Out of Your iPad” at the About.com Portable Electronics site  – then let […]

Having some hearing loss?

Assistive listening devices can  help those of you with hearing loss to hear better in situations where there is a lot of background noise, like at work, at school, or at home. They capture and process the sound before it reaches your ear to filter out disturbing background noise and enhance the incoming speech. Some […]

Using the Keypad as a Mouse

A variety of computer users have come to IPAT’s Technology Access Centers with an inability to use a standard mouse. The reasons have been many; shoulder pain when reaching to use a mouse, the reliable use of only one finger on one hand, lack of stamina over time to manipulate and click a mouse, and […]

A new slant on life.

A number of years ago IPAT realized that there were just way too many folks in the state that could benefit from assistive technology devices and were falling through the cracks of funding resources. About 2 years ago we were in a position as a fairly new non-profit organization to take action to address this […]

EmergencyLink provides a no cost way to be prepared for Emergencies

When dealing with older loved ones that are living in another state or just down the street you should be prepared for emergencies. Melanie Pinola at LifeHacker.com does an excellent job in talking about EmergencyLink and the peace of mind it can provide. Do you use a service or piece of technology to help your […]

Voting made easy.

The AutoMARK Voter Assist Terminal (VAT) makes voting with privacy and independence  an option for all voters, and particularly those with disabilities. The AutoMARK  is an optical scan ballot marker primarily designed for use by people who are unable to personally mark an optical scan ballot due to physical impairments or language barriers. As a […]

A young man uses the iPad for the first time…without seeing it.

I recently had the opportunity to work with a high school student who is blind and had never used the VoiceOver feature of the Apple iOS operating system for the iPhone, iPad,  iPod touch, and iPod nano. For those of you unfamiliar with VoiceOver, it allows a user to be auditorily cued to what is […]


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