Finding a New Normal
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Jul 15

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Handicapped Parking Spaces

There are those ubiquitous symbols of a person in a wheelchair that says either ‘Parking Only’ or ‘Handicapped Parking Lift Van Accessible‘ in nearly every parking lot in the United States. It may be annoying to park further away from the store you are visiting because some parking spaces are dedicated to the handicapped and, ...

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Jul 15

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Extended Recovery

While there is no guarantee that extended or even lifelong physical therapy will lead to extended or lifelong recovery, it seems clear to me that it can’t hurt. I have two examples from which to generalize, a habit difficult to resist for an economist who can generalize from a sample of just one. My sister […]

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Jun 15

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Accessibility Accelerates Recovery

It’s important not to take challenges away from our children as they grow but to keep the challenges appropriate for their developmental stage in life.  We allow our toddlers to fall but not off a cliff.  We allow them to fail in school on occasion without over reacting because failing is an important lesson.  We […]

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Jun 15

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Our Dog Scout

I ordered a labradoodle puppy while still in utero, the puppy, not me, just months after the 2010 crash that took my wife Susan and severely injured our two sons Peter and Matthew.   When I ordered the puppy Peter had mostly recovered from his major hip and pelvic fractures, but Matthew was still in […]

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May 15

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The Disappointment Closet

Anyone with a disabled family member has one.  It’s the place where all the devices advertised to make life easier go when they don’t live up to the promises made. People with physical or cognitive challenges have to find new ways of accomplishing what most of us view as simple tasks, activities of daily living, […]

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Apr 15

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Comparing Crises- Can We? Should We?

Economists say that you can’t make interpersonal utility comparisons, meaning that we can’t say that the satisfaction one person gets from eating a steak or earning a dollar is any greater or less than that received by any other person.  A dollar taken away from Bill Gates may create more consternation to him than taking […]

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10

Mar 15

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Community, Part II

I wrote about how my local community helped us after the loss of our wife and mother with the thousands upon thousands of hours that they sat with Matthew throughout the evening and night so I could be with Peter before and after school.  About how I was able to spend the entire therapy day […]

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Feb 15

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Community

It’s often in times of crisis that we see the best in people.  Sometimes we have the opportunity to support our friends and families in their times of crisis.  Sometimes we have to allow them to support us.   That’s the basis for building community – a place where we are all there for everyone […]

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Feb 15

Rusty Werner

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Accessibility is a Process

My name is Rusty and I am what I refer to as mobility challenged due to spinal rheumatoid arthritis.  I am able to still get around on my own for short distances but need  an electric scooter for things like shopping or social events like going to the Cardinal baseball games I love. Like many […]

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Feb 15

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Sense of Humor

I learned the benefit of a sense of humor from my big sister Jamie.  Born almost two years before me, and with Cerebral Palsy, she was a constant in my life until she was about thirteen when she went away to school, and even then she was home for holidays and summers. Back then Jamie […]

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