Getting A Ramp, A First Person Account

My friend Ray has been in a wheel chair for thirty years so I asked him what is the best way to get a ramp for someone that has recently become disabled.

As you can tell, Ray lives his life and not defined by his chair

As I mentioned in a previous post, Habitat for Humanity in Salem County does a great job in providing ramps, but money to build the ramps is always an issue. As readers have contacted me from outside of Salem County, I have found that not every area is as fortunate as Salem County New Jersey. The readers that have contacted me are absolutely devastated that money is not available or they can’t navigate the local procedures. I asked Ray for his advice.

He has been involved with the ramp program in Salem County and thinks that it is a great program, but suggest that the individual or the family member in charge start with the social worker or nurse navigator at the rehabilitation center or hospital. They are working with a wide range of professionals and service providers. He also mention that there is often a team of professionals that work with each patient in long term care. Try this and get back to me with how this worked.

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I have a BA in Psychology and a teaching certificate as a Special Education teacher. I have a MA in Student Personnel Services and I recently retired from my position as a Guidance Counselor. I have been active on advisory boards concerning disability issues for over 25 years. I also have over 25 years of business experience in Human Resources and Operations Management.

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