A few years ago, I had the pleasure of working with Greg, a wonderful man, who composed this letter below with the very technology he tells us about.  He is an inspiration to anyone who knows him, and now, after reading his beautiful letter,  hopefully to you! There are many people in the world that…

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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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A while back, a man, who was having trouble capturing important information during meetings, visited IPAT for a solution.  After discussion and demonstration of a few devices, we decided on trial of a Live Scribe Echo SmartPen from the IPAT Equipment Loan Library.  This small pen captures the audio and ties it to written notes on special…

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