Groups join together to bring accessibility to those in need
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A group of local organizations will collaborate next week to learn about accessibility issues and to build Moab’s first “Pay-It-Forward” ramp for a community member in need.

The effort begins on the morning of Oct. 10 with a presentation at the USU Moab campus, 125 West 200 South. Officials with ASSIST, Inc. will discuss issues regarding accessibility in construction and design, practical designs, and information on modifications to existing structures. The discussion, which begins at 9 a.m., is free and open to the public.

Beginning at 1 p.m., the community will collaborate to construct Moab’s first “Pay-It-Forward ramp.” A variety of local groups, including Community Rebuilds, Active Re-Entry, and RSVP are collaborating with ASSIST and Veterans Serving Veterans for the project, according to a news release.

“Trailers and campers scattered within our community serve as housing for some of Moab’s seniors and disabled members. These homes can sit up to three feet from the ground. Sturdy ramps are needed to help disabled individuals get in and out of their homes safely,” said Emily Niehaus, founder and director of Community Rebuilds. “The community is coming together to address the issue with a simple idea: the Pay-It-Forward ramp. This ramp is designed to be a solution for one family at a time. A family can use the ramp as long as they need. Once the home is retired or the family no longer needs the ramp, the materials can be reused by the next disabled individual in need.”

Inspired by the United Way’s Day of Caring, the group identified a senior in need – a disabled World War II veteran. Other veterans in the community were contacted to help and will participate in the days events. The Veterans Serving Veterans network also plans to participate.

For more information, or to help with the Pay-It-Forward ramp effort, email Niehaus at emily@communityrebuilds.org or call 435-260-0501.

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