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Posts By Tami Ternes

It’s As Easy As Learning To Ride A Bike!

Summer is officially here!  And for kids bicycles are part of summer fun. Bicycles represent an opportunity for independence, freedom, being active and having FUN.  But typically for kids with disabilities they never get to experience the fun of riding a two-wheel bicycle. Research shows that less than 20% of people with Autism and 10% […]

The Silver Alert System: Locating Our Population Who Are Vulnerable

Today, May 3, marks one year that North Dakota signed the Silver Alert system into law.  ND’s Silver Alert system is a quick response system to help locate missing persons that include disabled and vulnerable elderly adults, as well as minors who have developmental disabilities. The Silver Alert System works much like the Amber Alert […]

Assistive Celebrates Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Week

Assistive is pleased to recognize Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Week April 8-14 and are happy to celebrate it with all of our partners who are Vision Rehabilitation Therapists. The ND Department of Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the ND Vision Services/School for the Blind are experts we lean on as a resource,  and they […]

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 sensation 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 […]