|TyAnn Edwards' home|
Edwards is moving into a home with UC student-inspired updates for the physical challenges that occur when using a wheelchair. Edwards uses a wheelchair after being paralyzed from the waist down following a car accident 22 years ago.
The updates to the three-bedroom, one-bath ranch-style home include a handicapped-accessible concrete ramp that is integrated seamlessly into the landscape. A slightly vaulted ceiling opens up the interior of the home. Overhangs on the south side of the home provide for additional shade in the summer.
|Edwards with her son, Dwight Williams, and UC V.P. Mitchel D. Livingston|
“When we express the highest ideals of what the academy is all about, it’s about building community – community on the campus and community in which we are engaged. There is no finer way to express our ideals than to be with you here this morning,” said Mitchel D. Livingston, Chief Diversity Officer and vice president of Student Services.
“Our UC volunteers, we want to thank you again,” Livingston continued. “Some of the best learning you’re going to have as a UC student will be right here in an experience like this.”
UC presented Edwards with a gift of motion-sensor porch lights to assist Edwards’ wheelchair as she enters her home in the evenings. Helen Spieler, family services manager for Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity, presented Edwards with a Bible and with a framed poster, which held the inscription, “Of all the keys to all the locks in all the world, the one that opens my home opens my heart.”
“What once were vacant lots or neglected, abandoned and vandalized properties have now become tree-lined streets with well-kept Habitat homes and vibrant families enjoying backyard barbecues and basketball games,” said Tom Salzbrun, executive director for Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity, adding that TyAnn Edwards is now moving from surviving to thriving.
“I am so happy and excited,” said Edwards. “I just want to thank all of the UC students and everyone who participated in this home.”