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High School Students Build Home Designed For Wheelchair Users
July 11, 2003

MADISON HEIGHTS, VIRGINIA--Here's something you don't see everyday . . . but wouldn't it be great if we did?

About 25 students in Heritage High School's building trade classes have built a three bedroom, two bathroom house, specifically designed for people with disabilities.

Their instructor, Jerry Dudley, told the Lynchburg News & Advance that building a house to federal disability standards "was a good learning process." The house has features for wheelchair users such as lower light switches, 3-feet-wide interior doors, and bathrooms with specially built showers.

Movers trucked the 1,236-square-foot house to its permanent location Thursday.

Related article:
"House built by Heritage students trucked to Madison Heights" (Lynchburg News & Advance)


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