Couple designs apartments for the disabled
The Miami Herald | January 26, 2011 | By Laura Isensee
In his Quickie P200 electronic wheelchair, Pedro Rodriguez recently whizzed along East Third Street in Hialeah. Just ahead, his wife Angie rolled along in her 1113 Jazzie.
They quickly reached their destination: a complex with 18 wheelchair-friendly apartments with roll-in showers, specially designed kitchens and extra-wide hallways.
The couple has made it their life’s work to assist others with physical disabilities through their 25-year-old nonprofit. The new complex is their latest effort.
In February, their nonprofit, Spinal Cord Living-Assistance Development Inc., will debut the building, called SCLAD Plaza, at 201 E. Second St. It will offer housing that is both affordable and accessible to low-income, disabled residents.
“We want people with disabilities to live in their own communities,” explained Angie Rodriguez, 58. “Accessibility in the home — we consider that to be No. 1. If you can’t get into your bathroom, if you can’t move around in your kitchen, you are tied. You don’t have freedom.”
Apartments like the ones at SCLAD Plaza are precious.
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