Disabled man fights for wheelchair ramps at his apartment

Disabled man fights for wheelchair ramps at his apartment

A disabled Shoals man requested the help of WAFF 48 last March after years of asking for more ramps at his apartment complex.

Allan Lewis lives in Keller Court in Tuscumbia. He's even offered to pay to have the ramps built.

Five months later, WAFF 48 News Investigator Stephanie Hoffler visited Lewis to find out if his situation has changed.

WAFF 48 News first introduced you to Allan Lewis last March. Lewis has muscular dystrophy and has been living at Keller Court in Tuscumbia for a couple years.

At the time, he wanted to get more disability ramps added to the complex.

Lewis said, "I contacted the WAFF 48 News team because they get things done. They get the results of the investigation. They stay on it until the get results".

Since the story aired, two new ramps were added.  Lewis is grateful for the ramp, but says it's still up two walkways.

He asked why the ramp wasn't built on the other side, where he could go straight from the door to the lot.

Lewis said, "They told me that parking lot didn't belong to me it belonged to building".

Lewis says more ramps are needed not just for himself but for other disabled residents.

The lot without a ramp is where one of the main dumpsters is located. Also, he says with many of them not having cars, this lot leads to the closest route to the grocery store. Many drive their chairs to Sheffield to shop.

Lewis says ironically the biggest challenge in the trip is getting through their complex.

Management refused to speak to WAFF 48 News and asked our reporter to leave the property. They gave us a phone number to the corporate office, but we were not able  to get an immediate answer.