Many of us walk around through everyday life taking a heck of a lot of things for granted. Consider buying (or renting) a place to live.
The big factors are price, location and size of the house or apartment. Some smaller ones might include the color of the walls, or whether there’s enough closet space or whether it has a dishwasher.
But for disabled people there are many other much more basic concerns. Today have a window into those, via Darren Jones.
He’s 41 and works as a data analyst in Roanoke County’s Geographic Information Systems department. Jones hasn’t walked since Nov. 13, 1994, when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed on Yellow Mountain Road. He’s used a wheelchair ever since.
He drives a Scion sedan outfitted with hand controls. For years after the accident, he lived with his parents. Since about six years ago, he’s rented a one-bedroom apartment off Colonial Avenue. But he wanted to buy his own place.
By 2011, Jones was earning enough to purchase a home. So he went to MKB Realtors, where veteran agent Tina Hannabass agreed to help him look for a house.
That turned into an 18-month quest. It wasn’t so much a matter of finding the perfect place that was the right price and size in the right neighborhood, with the right color walls.
The question was finding one that wasn’t all wrong for a person in a wheelchair. That was more far difficult than either of them had anticipated.
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