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For Special-Needs Students, Custom Furniture Out of Schoolhouse Scraps

Whenever Michael Konstalid visits a school, he makes sure to pay a visit to the basement. There, Mr. Konstalid, a roaming physical therapist for the New York City Education Department, gives his phone number to a custodian and asks that no broken furniture be thrown away until he is called. This protocol keeps him in the supplies he uses to build custom physical therapy equipment, out of things that would otherwise end up in the trash.