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Calibowl: a Non-Spill Bowl

  Having the right adaptive dinnerware can make all the difference in a meal.  Adaptive dining products come in a variety of designs to help make mealtime easier and encourage independent feeding. Introducing the Calibowl, the non-spill bowl.  Calibowl’s inner-lip guides food back into the bowl and onto the utensil eliminating over-the-edge spills, providing better […]

Marv Bossart Foundation/HERO Free U-Step Walker Program

Do you have Parkinson’s and have difficulty walking?  The Marv Bossart Foundation for Parkinson’s Support offers free U-Step Walkers (see more information below) through HERO in Fargo.  They do this as part of their mission to make sure every Parkinson’s patient who is at risk of falling due to balance and stability issues does not go without […]

USB Option Gives Medical IDs a New Meaning

Medical identification (ID) bracelets can be one of the most important items worn for those who have ongoing medical conditions, drug/food allergies, or take multiple medicines.  Medical IDs can alert healthcare workers, emergency personnel, doctors or friends/family to critical and personal information, especially in the event one becomes unresponsive. Medical ID bracelets come in many […]

We Are Officially ASSISTIVE!

We are now Officially ND ASSISTIVE!! Our open houses in Mandan and Fargo are complete. We are all so excited and grateful to be working at ASSISTIVE and to continue to help people with disabilities discover that there is NO impossible with Assistive Technology! Thank you to all who helped make this possible including David Hanson […]

Did You Get That? Two-Way Call Button Pagers for Piece of Mind

We have recommended call button pagers such as the Caregiver Call Pager and the Wireless Personal Pager for people with disabilities to notify their caregivers within the same household for years. However, picture this scenario-man with a disability wants to notify his wife who is doing laundry in the basement. He pushes the button, but is not […]

Whaaaaat’s S’Up: Eat with a Spoon Again!

Do you have trouble feeding yourself with a spoon due to Parkinson’s, Essential Tremor, Cerebral Palsy, or disabilities with similar needs? The S’Up Spoon just might help! Created by Grant Douglas and an industrial engineer from 4c Design in Glascow, Scotland,  the S’Up Spoon allows you to scoop food in its deep cavity or pocket and […]

Get Tecla! Hands-Free Control of Your Devices

I had the privilege to attend the 34th Annual Closing the Gap Conference in Bloomington, MN with other IPAT AT Consultants.  Not only did this conference offer a number of presentations and workshops, but also offered an exhibit hall filled with vendors that showcased their products and services to assist people of all ages with […]

Assistive Technology: Know About It Before You Need It!

  I will never forget, about 15 years ago, hearing the following from a teary-eyed consumer,  “If I had only known about this locked medication dispenser, I never would have put my dad into a nursing home! Medication was the only reason he couldn’t live in his own home.”  At that point in my work […]

Collaboration On the Road

IPAT strives to work with others in our field because it is the best way to assure we deliver the best services possible. It is very simple – the more we put our heads together the better AT solutions we provide! Two specific entities we work with often are the ND School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf […]

Senior Safety Program-Updates for 2016-2017

Since 2003, IPAT has been responsible for the day-to-day implementation of North Dakota’s Assistive Safety Devices Distribution Services through a contract with the ND Department of Human Services, Aging Services.  The Senior Safety Program, as it is known, provides up to $300 of safety equipment to qualifying ND Residents, age 60 years and older, not residing in a […]