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‘Ready to Roll’ gives access for independence by building ramps

Being able to get in and out of the house is something most people take for granted. Recognizing that not everyone has the same access to mobility was the center of today’s 8th Annual Ready to Roll day. ‘Advocates for Access’ partnered with ‘Helping Hands’ to build 13 wheelchair accessible and ADA approved ramps for those who couldn’t provide home access for themselves.

Often recipients are newly discharged from hospitals or nursing homes and want to be able to live at home. “When mobility is an issue, it’s hard for someone using a walker, cane, or wheelchair to get up and down steps,” said Jeanine McAllister, Executive Director for Advocates for Access.

Joanne Schneider helped her mother-in-law fill out the application for a ramp. “My mother-in-law is getting to the point where its harder and harder for her to do stairs. This will just make it easier for her to stay independent as long as possible,” she explained. Schneider said, “It was going to be for her and her husband but he has since passed away. So they’re still building it for her so she can stay and live independently and have the freedom to go out in the back yard and play with her dog.”

Independence and mobility are huge for Advocates for Access, saying it helps people later in life to live more free and happy lives.

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

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