Nick and his new ramp

14 year old Nick lives in a beautiful home in Pawcatuck with his sisters, Peyton and Quinn, and his parents.

Now, for most of us, going outside is pretty easy but for Nick it required a lot of extra hands and work. First, Nick’s Mom had to lift Nick and his wheelchair over the step. Thats 125 pounds! Then she had to turn Nick and his chair sideways to line up with the ramp which was very fragile, broken in several places and being held together with duct tape.

That was not an easy task. And it definitely was not going to get any easier as Nick gotĀ older.

Nick’s family contacted UCP for assistance and funding through grants.

With the help of the CHEFA grant, UCP was able to contract with an accessibility solutions contractor for the purchase and build of a wooden ramp that is attached to the house and comes with a lifetime warranty. The ramp is 16 feet long and allows for direct access to the home without any extra lifting over thresholds.

Life just got a little easier for Nick and his family and we were happy to help!

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Nick’s new seat

When Nick’s Grandmother called UCP of Eastern Connecticuts Disability Support Coordinator for help finding a safety seat for Nick to ride in, we knew what to do. And we were thrilled to help!

Nick is 10 years old and loves Nintendo DS, animals, school and playing in this school band. What he doesn’t love is riding in the car. Nick outgrew his toddler size booster seat and it was uncomfortable. Because of his Cerebral Palsy, Nick still needs some upper body support in combination with a safety harness.

UCP and Nick’s Mom, Cassie, found a Adjustable Position car seat system that would allow for growth, safety, style and adaptability. Most safety seats such as this have to be purchased on line and can cost approximately $1500.

Thanks to help from UCP and the Bellow’s Grant, Nick’s safety seat was paid for in full.

Now, Nick can add car rides to his list of favorites!