Citing Threat To Property Value, Neighbors Want Ramp Removed
A Colorado family says their neighbors have threatened them with legal action over the ramp they installed for their daughter with cerebral palsy to access their home.
Vincent and Heidi Giesegh say they received approval from local officials to add a ramp to the front of their Fountain, Colo. home and widen the driveway to accommodate an accessible van for their 16-year-old daughter, Kirsten.
Their next-door neighbors, however, are concerned that the additions will hurt property values and want the ramp removed, the Gieseghs say.
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“It’s kind of irritating,” Vincent Giesegh told KKTV in Colorado Springs. “We’re doing the best we can to assist my daughter with her daily needs to get in and out of the house.”
The neighbors declined to comment on the matter and the Gieseghs say attempts to reason with them have been unsuccessful.
Now officials with the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center in Denver are reaching out to the disgruntled neighbors to educate them about the rights of individuals with disabilities under federal law to have accommodations like ramps.