Things can change very quickly; from having a family, to living by yourself. Even to begin seeing life from a wheelchair point of view. Marlo Barnhart has learned that and so much more.
She used to be a left handed country girl. Now she is a city girl that lives by herself. She is still left handed.
There is a knock at the door and a neighbor drops off today’s mail. Friends and family are close and a big part of Marlo’s independent life style.
“I still do the same things. It just is different and may take a little longer.” stated Marlo. She discussed everyday chores like cooking, cleaning and driving her car. She explained how she had to learn to do them differently. “I had to learn to get out of bed, how to cook, wash dishes, and clean house; all from the perspective of being in a chair.”
After a car accident five years ago Marlo Barnhart couldn’t return home. It was not accessible. She moved into an apartment. Apartments are ok but Marlo wanted something of her own and more permanent. The house she found was great in being accessible inside and only needed an entrance ramp. Marlo worked with SKIL to accomplish the needed changes. Marlo explained it was more valuable to have people to work with that understood her needs. The peer support was very encouraging as she began to work to set up a new life for herself. “I’m stronger now, than I was.” Marlo stated.
One of the restaurants that I like to eat at didn’t have a ramp to get inside. I talked to the manager and also asked SKIL to help. Now the restaurant has a ramp. Marlo explained how it was good to feel it was partly because of her actions. Click here for accessible transcript
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