It is with little fanfare but a healthy dose of pride that I offer the 2012-2014 IPAT Impact Report. Take a few minutes to page through what kept us busy, and the people of North Dakota connected to assistive technology devices and services. In our summary, you will discover who used our demonstration centers and what device…

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“Catch you on Skype!” “Email it to me.” “I will fill you in when I call you later.”  These are many of the phrases we use in today’s digital age indicating the multiple ways we now stay connected.  If you have a dual hearing and vision loss, though, these methods can be impossibilities if one…

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The holiday season is fast upon us. December tends to be a month papered with ‘to-do’ lists, and if decreasing your tax burden is one of your ‘to-dos’, read on . . . . If you are among the 85% of people who claim charitable donations as a tax deduction, IPAT would like you to…

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Years ago, I was working in Virginia with a young man who after an accident, returned to his family home as a wheel-chair user. The family had done various home modifications in preparation for his return, but overlooked the placement of the tap on his bathroom sink. It was set too far back for him…

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Vision loss can be very difficult. For those born with no vision or individuals with an eye condition like macular degeneration or glaucoma, interacting with the world takes a special set of skills and patience. Fortunately there are assistive technology devices that can make this interaction possible and lead to functionality once not thought possible.…

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The world is changing, and for individuals with specific learning disabilities (SLD) who have trouble reading and writing, that is a good thing! The change is the explosion of mobile devices and the thousands of apps available for them. According to the American Psychiatric Association, in the United States school-aged population, 4% of students are affected…

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Do you struggle with reading and writing? Do you have a learning disability such as dyslexia?  If so, you may want to try a piece of assistive technology (AT) called Read&Write Gold.  Read&Write Gold is a learning tool that provides literacy support to all ages and abilities. It can be used at school, home, or…

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  A North Dakota veteran’s residential health care representative contacted me to help her with an elderly client, lets call him Steve, with low vision and tremors who wanted to use a computer to send emails and access the internet. These age related impairments were making it difficult for him to successfully use a standard…

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One of the items that IPAT provides recommendations for on a regular basis is phones. Specialized phones make communication possible for individuals that may have a hearing, vision, or dexterity loss or if using one’s voice is problematic. The choices can be complicated within the specialized phone field. Last week I was able to sit…

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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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