After working with IPAT staff, Judy Wall, a woman with low vision, determined Assistive Technology (AT) was what she needed to get back to doing the things she loves to do! Through Possibilities Grant dollars (raised by donations from people all across the state of ND and Red River Valley) she was able to get…

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One blessing of working at IPAT, is the opportunity it provides to build relationships with consumers across ND. I’ve recently come to know a Fargo couple, who remain in their own home after 70+ years of marriage!  They are a modest pair with no interest in the limelight, so I won’t speak of them personally.…

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Thanks to our generous donors, seven North Dakota residents have already received assistive technology (AT) awards through Pedaling for Possibilities (P4P)! The first round of P4P 2016 applications was reviewed in March, and recipients from Rolette to Sargent and Morton to Grand Forks counties were awarded AT funding. They ranged in age from 30 years…

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Many of you have been following the big Medicare changes that have been happening over the last couple years regarding coverage of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices or Speech Generating Devices (SGDs).  These changes, some of which were actually implemented on a short-term basis, threatened the ability of people with severe communication disabilities, such as ALS,…

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Pedaling for Possibilities (P4P) is IPAT’s grant program that helps individuals all across the state of North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota purchase the assistive technology (AT) devices and services they need for independence at school, work, or home. Often P4P grant recipients meet with an IPAT AT Consultant to discuss and try out different types of devices to…

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They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, and this one speaks volumes to the IPAT staff! It captures the signing ceremony of SB 2289 with Governor Dalrymple on April 22, 2015. This bill appropriated funds to the Interagency Program for Assistive Technology (IPAT) to maintain the services it provides to meet the assistive technology needs of the people…

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North Dakota’s 2015 legislative session is at the mid-point. On March 4th, the bills introduced in the Senate will cross-over to be heard in the House, and bills introduced in the House will cross-over to be heard in the Senate. The bill of most interest to assistive technology (AT) users and AT service providers continues to be SB 2289, which…

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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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