Utilitas, Truly

Students from Philadelphia University designed and built an integrated ramp with a gentler slope, plus a handrail wall, enabling Josh to move about his home with greater freedom and confidence.

Last year, students from Southern Polytechnic State University's Freedom by Design chapter designed and built a patio extension—including retaining walls made from railroad ties and topped with planters—at the home of 11-year-old Marcella Genut, who has muscular dystrophy.

Now Marcella Genut (right, with her younger sister, Isabelle, on the completed patio) is able to garden from her wheelchair.

Until 2008, Josh Skoog, who has cerebral palsy, had to move between his house's kitchen and family room via a homemade ramp.

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