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Inside Hospital, Families Find Refuge With Recliners, Tissues And Cake

January 18, 2017  |  Healthcare

NEW YORK — Clutching a railing for balance, 89-year-old Alan Epstein searched the hospital waiting rooms for families in distress. He paused when he came across a young woman standing alone in the hallway, making a phone call about her grandfather’s faltering health.“Are you aware of the caregiver support center?” Epstein

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Sky-High Prices For Orphan Drugs Slam American Families And Insurers

January 17, 2017  |  Healthcare

Before Luke Whitbeck began taking a $300,000-a-year drug, the 2-year-old’s health was inexplicably failing.A pale boy with enormous eyes, Luke frequently ran high fevers, tired easily and was skinny all over, except his belly stuck out like a bowling ball.“What does your medicine do for you?” Luke’s mother, Meg, asked

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Connecticut Passes Law Updating the Access Symbol

January 13, 2017  |  News

The famous blue and white access symbol depicting a wheelchair user has been widely used throughout the world since the 1960s, but will soon be replaced in Connecticut. On Jan. 1, the Constitution State passed a law to replace it with a new symbol that illustrates a more active wheelchair

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New Accessible Holiday Villa in Portugal

January 3, 2017  |  Travel

Photo—Casa do Lago patioAccessible luxury bedroom with en suite bathroom, both properly fitted to handle the needs of disabled people. ​Large, heated and panoramic swimming pool with pool hoist for wheelchair users accessibility, as well as persons with mobility disabilities. ​ Accessible barbecue with panoramic tables for outside "al fresco"

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Homemade Adaptive Gimplements and Gizmos

January 1, 2017  |  News

Carrying tools around is easier since Skip Lonie crafted this tool basket.New wheelchair users quickly discover the world is an inconvenient place. Counters are too high, things are constantly out of reach, everything, it seems, is a struggle. Most of us find work-arounds or create tools to deal with these

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When Your Bladder or Bowels Control Your Life

January 1, 2017  |  Healthcare

Everybody has to go. For those of us with neurological conditions like spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, or even complications from a stroke, you can often feel tethered to the toilet. In fact, bladder and bowel control consistently rank among the most important functions to regain among people living with

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Standing Up To CMS to get Needed Number of Catheters

January 1, 2017  |  Healthcare

Marjorie Williams had grown accustomed to regular calls from her medical equipment provider to check on how many catheters she had left, so when they called this July she didn’t think anything of it. She couldn’t have known that her world was about to be turned upside down.  “Thank God

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Personal Assistance Service for Disabled Travellers in Madrid

December 31, 2016  |  Travel

Photo. Shopping assistance. Accessible MadridAccessible Madrid is a privately-owned business that has been managing and supporting disabled holiday tours and programmes in Madrid, Spain since 2013.We create barrier-free holidays for people with physical disabilities or reduced mobility and their families. Accessible Madrid is an Accredited Tourism Business and a member

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