The Colorado parents of a teen with cerebral palsy were told by the city they were legally permitted to build a ramp at their home to assist their child, but now neighbors are balking about it.
KKTV-TV reported Vincent and Heidi Giesegh from Fountain, a city outside of Colorado Springs, saying their neighbors are even threatening legal action over the ramp they put in for their 16-year-old daughter.
“As she goes into her spastic modes, we could just tumble down the stairs and both of us could get massively hurt,” Heidi Giesegh told KKTV.
KKTV contacted the builder of the neighborhood, which is still under development, who said they too have received some complaints about the ramp.
In addition to being told by the city that they could build the ramp and widen their driveway, the neighborhood doesn’t have home owners association fees, which might have otherwise required approval from the community.
The local news outlet visited a next door neighbor who declined to comment.
“It’s kind of irritating,” Vincent Giesegh told KKTV. “I mean we’re trying to do our best to assist our daughter with her daily needs to get in and out of the house.”
The family has reportedly reached out to a local disabilities advocacy group for help in light of the legal threats.