Volunteers ramping up accessibility in Oswego County

Oct 28, 2015
Payne Horning / WRVO News

Some New Yorkers with mobility issues can feel trapped in their homes because many live in houses that are inaccessible for people who have trouble using stairs. In Oswego County, a volunteer effort is trying to reconnect those residents with the outside world.

On a cold Saturday morning, ARISE carpenter Rick Chase led a group of volunteers from Novelis in assembling a ramp for Beverly Riley, who suffers from Neuropathy. Riley had been unable to take her scooter into the house before the ramp was built and the cold temperatures would drain its batteries.

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News


Syracuse-area state Sen. John DeFrancisco is pushing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation he has sponsored that would give a tax break for renovations that makes housing more accessible for those with limited mobility.

Agnes McCray, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, is an advocate for the legislation.

“It's not so much about disability but the capability and the success of us all,” McCray said. "We cannot rest until there is equal opportunity for all no matter where we are in this community.”

The disabled community in central New York this week celebrates the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  While there have been so many successes in the fight for equal access for the disabled, there is still work to be done.