Zach Roecker is a longtime consumer of The Ability Center. Seeking a way to live a more independent life, Zach, who has cerebral palsy and uses an electric scooter, received his first ramp from our Home Accessibility Program at age 11. The Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity at the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University installed a wooden ramp at the front door of his home in south Toledo in 2011. Thanks to the ramp, Zach could safely enter and exit his house.
His wooden ramp eventually began to deteriorate and in October 2020, Zach received a new aluminum ramp thanks to a grant from Toledo Elks #53. Now at 20 years old, Zach’s goals are to continue increasing his independence and to attend college.
“It's much easier for Zach to catch the bus in the morning, get to appointments, and get outside for exercise and fresh air,” Robert Roecker, Zach’s father, said. “Having the ramp is a tremendous help for us.” Zach is a senior at Bowsher High School and is looking at post-graduation options.
Zach explains, “I want to work with animals or work athletic events at the Huntington Center or the University of Toledo.”
The ramp will help Zach and his family for many years to come.