Todd Brickhouse Accessibility Associates
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Newsletter Issue #54                                                                         February 2017
 
 
 
 
Functional Spaces
Kitchen Design
Product Info

 
 
 
 
 
P O P U L A R
Elevators

Custom glass elevators and lifts make your home accessible with elegance and comfort.

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 PRODUCTS

Talini Wheelchair Accessible Snowmobile 

Designed by Dimitri Timtchenko.  This snowmobile provides an enclosed compartment where the wheelchair user can wheel right into the cockpit and start driving. This product was designed to meet a need, a need for transportation for the disabled in sub-arctic climate.
 For more information, click link:  JamesDysonAward.org
 
 
 
 
 
ARTICLE

We would like to share an article from Newsday titled:  Giving a Lift dated December 16th, 2016.

Town officials in North Hempstead, NY approved expanding their transportation program to make independent living easier by offering free and discounted taxi rides for residents with disabilities.  This service provides rides for senior citizens aged 60 and older and now disabled residents can also participate in the program. The taxis are not wheelchair accessible, so the service is limited to disabled people with some mobility who are able to ride in a taxi and travel with a foldable wheelchair or walker.  The program provides disabled residents 21 years old and older  free taxi rides to grocery stores and discounted taxi rides for medical appointment.  The community realized that transportation access is essential to successfully live within a community and to be able to participate in civic life and to feel independent. Residents need to reserve a ride one day in advance by calling 311 or 516-869-6311.  Today, there are more than 10,000 senior residents registered with Project Independence. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RECIPE
Red Velvet Cake

Cake Ingredients
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tbsps. cocoa
2 oz. red food coloring
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Grease and flour two 8 or 9 inch round cake pans.
3.  Cream butter and sugar in mixer bowl until fluffy.  Add eggs and beat well.
4. Place cocoa and food coloring in small bowl and stir to a nice smooth consistency.  Add to creamed mixture.
5. Sift flour and salt.  Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating in between each addition.
6.  Add vanilla, vinegar, and baking soda.  Mix well. 
7. Pour evenly into prepared cake pans and bake until done, about 25 minutes.
8.  Remove from oven and let cake rest for about 5 minutes then remove from pans.  Cool completely and then with a large serrated knife, slice the layers horizontally making a total of four layers. 
9.  Wrap each cooled layer in saran wrap and place them in freezer overnight. (The purpose of freezing the cake is that it makes it much easier to handle while frosting.  You won't end up with little red crumbs in your frosting!)
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Frosting Ingredients
1 1/2 cups milk
3 heaping tbsps. flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar- (NOT confectioners)
1 1/2 cups butter
1 tsp. vanilla

Instructions
1. Combine milk and flour in small saucepan.  Cook, over medium heat, stirring constantly until smooth and thick. Remove from heat, pour the mixture into a clean bowl and cover the surface with saran wrap.  Set aside to cool.
2. In stand mixer cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add vanilla and mix.  When your milk mixture is slightly cooled, add one tbsp. at a time to the butter mixture, whipping thoroughly in between. 
3. Whip until you have a fluffy, white and buttery frosting.  Then, frost each layer with small bit of frosting and then frost the entire cake!
Recipe by The Red Feedsack

Cook: 25 minutes
 
 
 
 
 
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BREAKFAST NOOK

In designing a home, choosing the right furniture as well as designing your space is a personal choice based on your family's needs.  The breakfast nook shown above can be used by a person in a wheelchair since the design of the table is open on both sides.  Locating your breakfast nook near a room full of windows can provide a lot of natural light.
 
 
 
 
 
BOOK NOOK

This bright and cozy spot is the perfect place to enjoy your next book!  This accessible sitting area has cushions that are at the same height as a wheelchair user, which is helpful when transferring.
 
 
 
 
 

PULL-OUT TABLE

A table on wheels near your cooking station can provide additional counter space for any family member and can be moved to suit your individual needs.  The contrast of the wood from the counter top as well as the bright colored bowls is important for someone who is visually impaired.  This table can even roll right under the counter top when not in use to save on space.
 
 
 
 
 
KITCHEN ISLAND
 
An island that has an additional low counter with nothing underneath is extremely helpful for a person using a  wheelchair or scooter.  The counter should be low enough so it is comfortable for the end user to eat or prep food.
 
 
 
 
 
ACCESSIBLE MUDROOM

A mudroom can be a wonderful addition to your home, if you have the space.  This mudroom above was designed by  architect John B. Murray.  It is a well lit and spacious space with a bench for packages or a place to rest. This mudroom has tile floors which create a smooth transition from the door to the next room. 
 
 
 
 
 
MUDROOM DESIGN

A mudroom can help you transition in and out of the house, having easy access to your items. Installing radiant heating under the floor is a nice touch to help wet shoes, coats and wheelchairs dry quickly.
 
 
 
 
 

WALL MOUNTED COMMODE
​The Pressalit wall mounted commode has height adjustable arms to assist in transfers as well as balance when sitting or standing.  The unit can be operated with the remote on the wall.

 
 
 
 
 
 
ADJUSTABLE SHOWER CHAIR

The Pressalit shower seat is manually adjustable with the armrests independently height adjustable.  The seat and the armrests are foldable and made of a soft and slip resistance material that has a warm feel for your comfort.

 
 
 
 
 

As always contact us anytime with your questions.  Many of our clients are  " Aging in Place" and have decided that the best design for them or their family is to stay where things are familiar.  This includes your neighborhood, your friends and what makes you comfortable and this is truly what " Aging in Place"  is all about !

To find out more about what we could do to suit your individual needs in home design, feel free to contact us at 516-695-2072 or via email at brickhousedesigngroup@gmail.com.
 
Sincerely,
Todd Brickhouse 

Todd Brickhouse Accessibility Associates
Brickhouse Design Group, Ltd.
8 Joan Lane, Massapequa Park New York 11762
brickhousedesigngroup@gmail.com ( our email )
www.brickhousedesigns.net  ( our website )  


 
 
 
 
 
IMAGINE....YOUR INDEPENDENCE
 
 
 
 
Prosthesis have come a long way!

Jozef Metelka, a professional para-cyclist owns 12 prosthetic legs.  Each prosthetic is designed for a different activity, such as mountain biking, snowboarding to rollerblading. 

Prostheses were once made of materials such as wood, leather and metal with limited resources.  Today, prosthetics are made of lightweight and strong materials such as carbon fibre and thermoplastics.  Some are even electric and have microprocessors.

source: spd.org.sg

 
 
 
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