Cal Poly students renovate homes to help those with disabilities

Students help ease mobility in the Canizales family’s Paso Robles home, jhickey@thetribunenews.comMay 20, 2013 

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Roya Javadpour's first name.

On Sunday, Maria and Onesimo Canizales of Paso Robles caught a first glimpse of home modifications that will ease their aching backs by reducing the need to lift their adult disabled sons.

Each spring, a graduate-level project management class in Cal Poly’s industrial and manufacturing engineering department completes a home renovation for local individuals struggling with issues related to disabilities.

This year, students and volunteers spent three days renovating the Canizales’ home by installing hardwood floors and a lift system with a ceiling track to ease mobility for sons Jorge, 32, and Joel, 31.

“We’re very thankful for this group … This makes life easier for families with special needs,” Maria Canizales said.

It is the 10th year professor Roya Javadpour has led the PolyHouse program but the first year the class has taken on two additional projects.

The students also managed the installation of a lift system in a Grover Beach woman’s home to increase autonomy for her adult son with physical disabilities.

The group also converted a Paso Robles family’s home into an accessible, assisted-living facility, so it can better care for an adult quadriplegic son and several foster children.

The three projects were made possible by donations of cash, supplies and professional services worth at least $100,000, Javadpour said.

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