The role of accessibility is a major part of new buildings and projects that spring up across the country. While many older buildings are allowed to remain without certain handicapped accessible elements, new buildings must have ramps, elevators and/or wheelchair lifts to be in compliance with federal and local zoning law. These tools are essential to the livelihood of people who must use wheelchairs, scooters or other aid to move around. Although some areas in your community may not be totally accessible, there is grant money available to help with appropriate renovations.
One group that recently received grant money is the Lincoln Elks Lodge located in Indiana, according to Greene County Daily World. The funding – $10,000 a year – has been given by the Elks National Foundation, the article says. The money will go towards much needed accessibility in Lincoln city parks:
“The initial $30,000 grant money, utilized for the city’s “Lifted Spirits” program, will be administered in three stages, said grant author LuAnn Shonk. The initial $30,000 grant money, utilized for the city’s “Lifted Spirits” program, will be administered in three stages, said Shonk.”
Part of this process will include the installation of wheelchair lift in 2012 at a local pool, in conjunction with a law that will require all public pools to be handicap accessible by the end of that year. Also, one park playground will be much friendlier for children in wheelchairs, the article says:
“One key area the city and Elks will focus upon is the development of an accessible play area on Humphreys Park’s west side…[t]hat area is easier for children in wheelchairs and those requiring assistance to reach…[a]mong the planned improvements is the installation of specialized swings, which will allow children to roll their wheelchairs onto a platform, lock in, and then swing.”
These projects and more are all slated to be totally completed by the time the grant needs renewal in 2013.