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Virtual Training for Disabled Veterans


A training site for disabled veterans can now expand beyond the Quad Cities. Friday Saint Ambrose University in Davenport celebrated the addition of new technology to its assistive technology house, making it accessible to anyone, in person or online. 

Officially, it's a Virtual Demonstration and Training Site for Home Independence, made possible by local donations and a grant from the V-A.

The director, Jon Turnquist, says it's designed to help disabled veterans, but also their families and care-givers.

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Jim's Place director Jon Turnquist

"A person can just scroll through and if there's anything of interest - an adaptive sink that moves up and down, or how can I get in the shower easier, or prevent a fall, or my vision is not the best - all these things are pre-loaded into this virtual environment. People can explore and find out and actually find those unique solutions to help themselves."

The university first opened Jim's Place six years ago, named for the late Jim O'Rourke who suffered a spinal cord injury. 

Turnquist says the goal is safety and independence, and to provide a training site for students and medical professionals. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.