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“Have Yourself a Merry Little (AT) Christmas!”

Once again the holiday season is upon us – a time when messages of Christmas totally surround us and fill our hearts and minds with anticipation of the upcoming celebration. The standing tradition of purchasing and exchanging gifts ranks high among the thoughts of both children and adults, with kids being more preoccupied with the […]

3 Easy Ways To Add a Light Switch

  Turning on lights is an activity that we all take part in on a daily basis. Recently I assisted an individual who has arthritis and he was depending on others to turn lamps on or just leaving them on all the time because he could not use the standard lamp switch. He felt like […]

P4P Tax Break

Contributing to IPAT’s Pedaling for Possibilities fundraising event helps ensure that more individuals who need assistive technology devices, but can’t afford them, get the support they genuinely need. Beyond the realization that your contribution has made a significant difference in someone’s life, did you know that there are other related benefits to having made this […]

Is there a Portable, Affordable Option for Text-to-Speech for Someone with a Reading Disability?

A few years back a gentleman with a reading disability came to IPAT, needing some way to read the manuals, parts boxes, forms and signage in the shop where he was going to work after graduating from college.  He was already making use of  text-to-speech (TTS) technology with a computer, software, and scanner to read […]

Need a Medication Reminder?

“Is there something out there that would help my (mother, grandpa, son, friend) remember to take their medication? ”  This is a question that IPAT staff fields frequently, and thankfully our response is a resounding YES.  One of our go-to devices is the MedReady. We like it for a variety of reasons; it is easy […]

The Replacements? Apps vs. Dedicated Talking Identifiers for Vision Loss

In our IPAT Centers, we have dedicated talking identifiers for money, colors, and UPC barcodes that can help people with vision loss that, for the most part, work extremely well. However, these devices basically do one thing, cost between $140-$1300, and are definitely not “ pocket-able”, especially if you need to carry around more than one.  Tool […]

Bathtub Water Level Alarms

Bathtub and shower safety is a major concern for older adults. Numerous studies have shown that many independently bathing older adults without cognitive impairments do have trouble or are unsafe getting into and out of the tub or shower stall. Add in the dimension of dementia and the opportunity for bathroom accidents beyond just falls […]

Control an Android Tablet With Your Head

AT for computer access boils down to an individual unable to use a standard mouse or keyboard to interact and manipulate the computer interface. There can be many reasons for this, an accident, a repetitive stress injury, or an acquired disease to name a few. There are many ways to provide an alternate means of […]

Text-to-speech for iOS….Pinned!

I have to admit that out of all of the social media outlets available, Pinterest had not yet captured my interest (a saying that is probably cliché by now).  However, I was recently doing some research with Google on apps for reading with speech output and came across  Laura S. Enders’ Pinterest page for  Text to […]

Simple 911 Access Always

 Scenario one – you are in trouble. The power is out, your land line is down and your cell phone needs a charge, how are you going to call 911? Scenario two – your parents are aging, living alone, and get confused using a standard cell phone. How can they quickly get help in the […]

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