Neighbors want disabled ramp removed for curb appeal

Reposted from an online story By: Zak Sos Posted: Thu 7:27 PM, Aug 08, 2013
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A handicap ramp in front of a Fountain family’s house is in the middle of a neighborhood squabble.

Vincent and Heidi Giesegh say their neighbors are threatening legal action if they don’t remove the ramp. They say the next door couple is worried that the ramp will hurt the value of their home. The Giesegh’s say they need it for their 16 year old daughter Kirsten who has Cerebral Palsy.

“As she goes into her spastic modes, we could just tumble down the stairs and both of us could get massively hurt,” said Heidi Giesegh.

The Giesegh’s neighborhood doesn’t have an HOA, and the family says the City of Fountain told them it was ok to install the ramp and widen their driveway for a handicap van. 11 News went next door to get the neighbor’s side of the story and they told us no comment.

“It’s kind of irritating,” said Vincent Giesegh. “I mean we’re trying to do our best to assist our daughter with her daily needs to get in and out of the house.”

The Giesegh’s home is part of a community under construction. We reached out to the home’s builder and they say they’ve also received complaints from the neighbors.

The Giesegh’s say they’ve contacted the Rocky Mountain American Disability Center for help.
Mia’s thoughts-Who are these people? that they think their curb appeal is more important than the rights of the disabled to live a accessible life? Where do they get off demanding their neigbors live a lesser life because they don’t like the look? the ADA is law not apolite suggestion.

Author: disabledaccessdenied

I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

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