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Will Assistive Technology Users Be The Biggest Winners with the IBM 5 in 5 Predictions?

    IBM annually puts together the “5 in 5”, Innovations that will change our lives in the next five years. This years 5 in 5 predictions may be of particular interest to the AT community in that it highlights the five senses.      Processing sights and sounds requires eyes, ears and, most important, a […]

Sky™ Wi-Fi SmartPen…Should You Upgrade?

The old We have been using the LiveScribe Smartpens at IPAT since they came out approximately 5 years ago.  I have to say that they are a game changer for many people who have difficulties with auditory comprehension, reading, writing, attention, memory loss, and more.  Tying recorded audio to written notes, shapes, or random marks on a […]

Vehicle Accommodations

If you’re one of the approximately 23 million American licensed drivers over the age of 70 years, chances are you may want some help to be sure you’re  safe and comfortable  when you get behind the wheel. Despite the auto industry’s continued improvements in making vehicles safer and easier to drive, getting older creates limitations […]

Fiona Got Her Voice Back….Twice!

Odds are that in your lifetime, if you do not need assistive technology (AT), someone you know and/or love will. The need for AT may be due to many different issues such as a repetitive stress injury, limited movement due to Multiple Sclerosis, injuries related to a severe car accident,  or a memory loss due […]

Low Tech AT for Writing

Computers and electronic devices have changed the way we take notes and compose documents but the need for writing on paper is something that will of course continue. In working with an individual recently he mentioned his arthritis was making writing more and more difficult because of the fine motor movement of grasping a pen […]

Food Allergies? iPad to the Rescue!

Can you imagine having life-threatening food allergies and trying to grocery shop with a vision loss? This combination would place you just one misread ingredient away from the ER on a regular basis. Believe it or not, this was the frightening reality lived every day by a woman who called IPAT for help. The help […]


      No, not Jim Morrison and his Doors, but the ones you have to go through in your home every day! If they’re a problem for you under regular circumstances, you especially don’t want to be fighting with them if you have a fire emergency. Homemods.org describes four major reasons why people have […]

Use Your Computer Without Clicking

What do selecting an internet link, liking a Facebook post, or opening a program have in common? You click the mouse to make it happen. For some individuals the ability to click a mouse may be greatly reduced because of a Repetitive Strain Injury, or no longer a viable option because of a physical difficulty. The task […]

AT Here and There Helps Maintain Independence

As we grow older, everyone experiences changes in abilities. With these age-related changes comes the need to do everyday tasks differently, from donning reading glasses to check the daily mail, to choosing to sit in a chair with arms to make getting in and out easier. Many assistive technology (AT) devices are available to help you […]

RUBY – A P4P Gem!

      Krista is a 34-year-old woman with congenital nystagmus and underlying vision loss unknown. Legally blind since birth, her vision has greatly decreased over the past 10 years and her functional vision continues to be unpredictable and fluctuates greatly. Her vision has limited her ability to read both at home and at work; […]

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