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Couple Helps Build Housing For Others With Disabilities
February 17, 2005

HIALEAH, FLORIDA--Tuesday's Miami Herald featured a story about Pedro and Angelina Rodriguez, who started the Spinal Cord Living-Assistance Development, Inc. nearly twenty years ago.

Through SCLAD, the couple helps people with disabilities in the local area through everything from medical equipment to employment services.

The couple, both of whom are wheelchair users, started the program because they saw that others with disabilities had needs which were not being met.

"I saw a lot of people in wheelchairs . . . who didn't have insurance; they had no care, no access to their homes, couldn't get into bathrooms because the doors were too narrow," Pedro said. "I knew I had to do something."

Now SCLAD is helping to build an accessible housing complex for first-time, low-income home buyers with disabilities. The condominiums will be available starting next month.

"Our goal is to help people with disabilities live more independently -- especially people in wheelchairs," Angelina said. "People with disabilities do not want to be isolated."

"Disabled duo giving peers freedom" (Miami Herald)
SCLAD: Spinal Cord Living-Assistance Development, Inc.


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