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Can School Purchased AT Go Home?

IPAT staff regularly field calls from parents of school-aged children who use assistive technology for educational purposes. One question that often arises, is whether or not school purchased assistive technology (AT) can be taken home. The simple answer is yes – but AT home use  needs to be documented on the child’s Individualized Education Plan […]

AT Home Fire Safety

      Home fires are more prevalent during the winter season – cooking and alternative heating source problems, combined with holiday light malfunctions can make fire safety an important matter this time of year. Here are some quick facts from the National Fire Protection Association from 2011: > 2520 fire deaths occurred in the […]

Got the Big Monitor, and You Still Can’t See?

This past year, I received several calls from people with low vision who purchased large computer monitors ( 23-27″), but still had trouble navigating and reading the text, icons, and pictures on the screen.  If this has happened to you, there are some easy and quick things you can do to the settings on your […]

AT as Part of Emergency Preparedness

No one likes emergencies or natural disasters, but we all know they are a part of life and we need to be ready for them. For people with disabilities and those experiencing the effects of aging, planning ahead for such events is crucial in securing a positive outcome. Did you know that being ready is […]

“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 […]

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