Ramping Up Efforts for the Disabled

Imagine having to depend on a wheelchair to get around, but no way to use it to get out of your home. It's a real problem for some folks with disabilities that have steps, not ramps, to enter their homes.

A group is working to help the disabled. It's a six-day campaign where a group of volunteers is ramping up its efforts to make local homes more accessible. With the help of a few hammers and a few hands, Jerome Butler will soon be rolling. He'll finally get his wheelchair out of his living room.

Medicare helped butler get a wheelchair in June. Getting a ramp built proved a little tougher.

"There is really no program out there in terms of a government program that will come out and build a ramp for somebody."

The volunteers from Americorps, Ability First, and other groups are working on a project called Six Days, Six Ramps, but these folks work fast.

"Sometimes a ramp kind of lags over to the next day, this is the sixth ramp, Fourth day where we've actually built ramps."

It's one day of work for them. It's a real difference in life for him, and Ability First, formerly known as the Center for Independent Living, is behind the ramp project.

If you're interested or you think your group might want to build a ramp to help someone else, you can reach the Adopt-a-Ramp program at 850-575-9621, extension 234.

Design of these ramps is pretty interesting because the ramps are designed to comply with ADA codes, which means the ramps have to have a certain slope, and they're custom-designed for each home by an engineer.