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Ramps keep people living independently at home

Man on newly built ramp to his home

Ted has Friedreich’s ataxia, an autosomal-recessive genetic disease which causes difficulty walking. As Ted’s disability progressed, he was falling more frequently – he knew that he had to make a change in his mobility device from a walker to an electric scooter to not only ensure his safety but to also increase his independence. The only problem was that his home had stairs at the entrance with no way of getting the scooter in and out of his home. Ted contacted Disability Network Southwest Michigan to inquire about a ramp. Through our Ramp Up program, our staff coordinated the funding, materials and volunteers to complete a ramp on Ted’s home.

Ted told us he is relieved he doesn’t have to move into a nursing facility and can remain living in his home; he is thankful that now he can get out of his home safely and go places again.

2021 RAMP-A-THON Corporate Sponsors

The success of our Ramp Up program is due in part to the support of our RAMP-A-THON Corporate Sponsors. We appreciate the support of Allied Mechanical Services, AVID (Awareness of Visible and Invisible Disabilities) an Employee Resource Group for Whirlpool, Charles River Laboratories, Integrity Back & Brain, Kalsec, Senior Services of Southwest Michigan, and Paragon Ophthalmology.

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