Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Matt's Place: 17 days down, 113 to go....

Matt Eddy, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is wheeling across America to raise money and awareness of the need for housing for people with severe disabilities to keep them out of institutions. Matt, who was given six months to live outside of an institution, has been in his apartment for nine years. Matt's institutionalized care cost approximately $1.2 million a year. It is estimated it costs about $285,000 in the community. His efforts have helped design a prototype apartment which takes into account the need he has to stay on a ventilator and requires personal care, so it includes things like a roll in shower. The video below explains more.

He has already logged in 17 days on his journey from Boston to California.

Roll'n Across America from Shawn P. Morrissey on Vimeo.

You can visit Matt's site here.

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