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        If you’re having trouble viewing your mouse pointer on your computer screen, there are some easy steps you can take to save the strain on your eyes: Enlarge your pointer Make it easier to follow Give it some contrast or color If you’re using Windows 7 you can make these changes…

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Introducing young children with disabilities to assistive technology can be the gift that keeps on giving.  Whether it be a home-made modification to an existing toy, or integrating an iPad into existing routines, the end result is an increased opportunity for children to independently explore and interact with their world. We know that play is…

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Are you using Google Docs in school or on the job?  TextHelp has released a free Google Chrome Browser app to aid people with reading and writing disabilities, Read&Write for Google Docs™. Not to be confused with the full version of Read&Write Gold, this app provides text-to-speech and a few other features, such as Dictionary, Picture Dictionary, Fact…

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Life doesn’t always turn out like we planned or ever wanted, but sometimes a much-needed gift can turn things around for the better.  Sue, a former Fargo-Moorhead business woman, shares her thoughts below after receiving equipment from the IPAT Pedaling for Possibilities Fund.   So many people today are strong, healthy, and able to work. …

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IPAT received a call from a mother after the loss of her son. She called to find out how to connect with someone in the state that was in need of the assistive technology (AT) devices her son had found so useful – a hands-free, switch operated phone, a head-pointing device to operate a computer,…

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Using your voice to control the world around you is becoming more and more prevalent every day. Who hasn’t heard of Dragon Naturally Speaking to control the computer and then there is always Siri on Apple devices to send emails, setup reminders or check the weather. There are also assistive technology devices that allow you to control…

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Communication on the telephone is something most of us take for granted. You pick up the phone, dial the phone number, and you are talking to the other person. For an individual with a vision loss the steps to make this happen can be more difficult. A local woman recently contacted IPAT and explained how…

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    IBM annually puts together the “5 in 5”, Innovations that will change our lives in the next five years. This years 5 in 5 predictions may be of particular interest to the AT community in that it highlights the five senses.      Processing sights and sounds requires eyes, ears and, most important, a…

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The old We have been using the LiveScribe Smartpens at IPAT since they came out approximately 5 years ago.  I have to say that they are a game changer for many people who have difficulties with auditory comprehension, reading, writing, attention, memory loss, and more.  Tying recorded audio to written notes, shapes, or random marks on a…

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If you’re one of the approximately 23 million American licensed drivers over the age of 70 years, chances are you may want some help to be sure you’re  safe and comfortable  when you get behind the wheel. Despite the auto industry’s continued improvements in making vehicles safer and easier to drive, getting older creates limitations…

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