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Posts By Tami Ternes

Brain Injury Awareness Month

            March is a time to conduct awareness on brain injury and recognize that more than 5 million Americans or more than 13,000 North Dakotans currently live with a disability as a result of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). TBI is the result of external trauma to the head or […]

Amplify Your Cell Phone at Home

The number of older American adults relying on their cell phones over the use of a landline to make calls at home is growing.  Those older American adults that have a hearing loss can now enjoy amplified calls using their existing cell phone service with an amplified phone at home. Amplified Bluetooth phones are specialized […]

Raise a Glass and Help Raise Funds

Here is a chance to turn things you just might be doing anyway into a good deed that will improve the lives of others. Join Assistive for a good time and for a GREAT cause at the Fargo Brewing Company, ALES FOR ASSISTIVE on Monday, January 29 from 4-10 pm. For every pint of beer […]

Proximity Sensor Switches – Big and Little

There is such a wide variety of adaptive switch options available for users that are physically challenged and have special needs to activate assistive technology devices in their environment. Users who do not have the ability to physically push down on a traditional adaptive switch or do not have the sensory of touch, are prime […]

Brighter Light Isn’t Always Better!

Task Lighting is local and close lighting used for longer durations during a specific activity.  Some task lighting activities can include writing checks, reading a book, reading the mail, and sewing or needlework.  Proper lighting is fundamental to vision especially for low vision users.  Good lighting all depends on brightness, contrast and color and will […]

Amazon Echo: Make a Call

For about a year, Assistive staff has been writing blog series on the Amazon Echo.  The most recent featured blog was on “Ask My Buddy” application for Echo users.  By now, if we haven’t convinced individuals that the Amazon Echo is a powerful assistive technology (AT) device, one of their newer features will! Not too long […]

Welcoming Carol Meier to Assistive

Hello everyone! My name is Carol Meier and I’m the newest member of the Assistive team. I am so excited and happy to be a part of this wonderful group! I have spent the past 13 years working as a receptionist/sales assistant at Touchmark on West Century. I am married to a wonderful man named Mike, who was my […]

Is That a Banana In Your Ear? Understanding Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is not the same for everybody. For individuals with any degree of hearing loss, it can be very difficult trying to explain their loss. Some find that their friends and family with “normal” hearing just don’t get what it’s like to have a hearing impairment. Enter the “Speech Banana”. A wonderful visual tool […]

It’s National Senior Citizens Day!

The year was 1988; President Ronald Reagan created National Senior Citizens Day on August 21 with a proclamation, declaring that, “Throughout our history, older people have achieved much for our families, our communities, and our country. That remains true today, and gives us ample reason this year to reserve a special day in honor of […]

Time to Reflect on How Far We Have Come: Celebrating the ADA Anniversary

July 26, 2017 marks the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  On July 26, 1990 President George H.W. Bush signed into law the ADA to give civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities.  This legal acknowledgment provides an equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local […]