Man Launches Service To Match Accessible Homes With Needy
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 23, 2005
SWANLEY, ENGLAND--An entrepreneur has started his own business help people with disabilities buy and sell homes that have been modified for accessibility.
George Helps (yes, that's his real name) decided there was a need for the service after he found it difficult to find a home that would meet his own accessibility needs, the BBC reported Tuesday.
Mr. Helps, 72, said he believed many people felt imprisoned in their own homes because potential buyers without disabilities would not consider the homes.
Andy Shipley, a policy analyst with the Disability Rights Commission said that, even though 62 percent of people with disabilities in the United Kingdom are homeowners, real estate agents tend to believe that buyers do not want the modifications.
"Disabled people selling properties are often advised to remove the adaptations . . . so it will be a real asset," Shipley said of Helps' new venture.