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  1. Down the Escalator: Why escalators in O'Hare Airport's terminal of the future?

    Chicago Tribune's Blair Kamin takes star architect Jeanne Gang to task for heavy reliance on escalators in her $8.5 billion O'Hare terminal redesign. Gang creates brilliant structures, including this one, and her multilevel airport design lets plenty of natural light into the airport experience. Kamin, however, argues that the escalator plan complicates and frustrates travelers, and with breakdowns like what occurs at other airports, could even put pressure on national traffic patterns.
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  2. A Bill, a Bill and a Can of Beans

    My friend had an old basset hound named Florence. She was a little thing, but she ruled the house. If Florence didn't get what she wanted, she could howl like the Big Bad Wolf until the rafters shook. So, every day Florence had this thing. She had to eat a can of green beans. Seriously. Every single day, for years. And if she didn't get it, well, you can guess what happened. A case of beans is a small price to pay to keep a roof over your head.


    Then one day, Florence waited while ...
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  3. Caregivers & Crips are the uber-MacGyvers

    My OT said Pinterest is a treasure trove of functional ideas. So true. All kinda clever work-arounds made out of ordinary things ? and not an insurance bureaucrat in sight. Behold the bounty:

    https://www.pinterest.com/lmswedberg/diy-occupational-therapy-gadgets/

    I happen to be using this one at this very moment. That kid better not be drinking a double vodka and soda:

    Updated 03-21-2019 at 11:38 PM by Spitzbub (Repairing faulty link, thanks)

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  4. Gunning for Medicaid Again: Trump's New Budget

    "The spending plan calls for a cut of nearly $1.5 trillion in Medicaid over 10 years and for $1.2 trillion to be added for the block grants or per-person caps that would start in 2021. Under the new arrangement, states would gain far more freedom to set their own rules about how to cover the poor. (Spitzbub: that means more restrictions from cash-strapped state govts.) The budget also would eliminate funding for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, which has gone to about three ...
  5. Bookmark these resources

    The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation put together free resource guides for spinal cord injury and information. You can download the huge guide that lists info on all manner of different issues and topics of interest. Then they go one better and offer individual guides for each and every one of the United States. These are fantastic: even if you've been in the disability game for a while, it's worth it to scroll through and see all of the services and agencies that are out there for us. Give ...
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