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How to Select the Right AT the First Time

Is there anything more frustrating than purchasing an item that does not do what you thought it would? Sadly, assistive technology (AT) device purchases often end up in that frustrating category, and as a result are not valued or used. In an effort to help you select the right AT device, and save you time, […]

The easiest way to simplify a TV remote control

If you have bought or looked at television remote controls in the past five years, you know that the complexity level is rising. The ability of TVs to do more and more and the popularity of universal remotes have made it more difficult to understand. For an individual who is aging, has a cognitive deficiency, […]

Vizio Co-Star: A step in the right direction for low vision users

  The Vizio Co-Star is a streaming media player and entertainment hub for TV. Basically the Co-Star is a tiny box that has a version of the Android operating system that allows a user to stream videos from Netflix, Hulu Plus, or Amazon Video. Other features of the player allow for download of Android Play […]

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 […]


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