A Home of My Own

Story: A Home of Her Own

A woman using a power wheelchair smiles in front of her home with a concrete walkway ramp leading to a lime green front door.
Alexa modified her home’s entrance to be accessible so she can come and go as she pleases.

Alexa braided three funding sources to modify her new home. The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation paid for a ceiling-mounted lift and the installation of an electric door opener on the front door. A Home and Community-Based Services waiver paid for modifications to her floors, walls, and three other doors. And, a grant from the Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authority was used to install the Universal Remote Control home automation system (a type of “smart home” technology).

Watch this video of Alexa showing her modified house: