Squeaky wheels get grease
Woman in wheelchair gets run-around
Last week Wanda White was eagerly anticipating the delivery of a motorized wheel chair to her home in Broad Cove. She received the chair from the department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment just after starting a course at the College of the North Atlantic (CONA) in Carbonear.
“It was a Godsend, it really gave me the freedom I needed to get around (the campus). It gave me my independence,” she said.
The chair was housed at the school until White finished the second year of a course in Business Administration, when it was to be delivered to her home in Broad Cove.
For most people with a physical disability this would be a huge benefit, however in White’s situation there’s a big problem - the doors to her house aren’t big enough to accommodate the chair. On top of that as of June 1 the money allocated by Newfoundland and Labrador Housing to make the necessary renovations to make her home wheelchair accessible was recalled.
“The quotes that came in were over the amount allocated by NLHC,” she said.“And ever since then I’ve been trying to find someone to do the work, but it’s impossible. I’ve also been given the run around by NLHC.”
White says the person handling her case for NLHC told her if her quotes came in over budget they would consider allocating more money.
“The first quote was $10,400 and the second was $10,800,” she said.“There’s not a contractor around who can do it for any less than that, it just can’t be done. That’s the problem here, the amount of money that Newfoundland and Labrador Housing comes up with, the quote they put in place, to cover these kinds of jobs is just too low.”
White submitted the quotes from the contractors to NLHC, but they refused to increase their original quote of $9,600.
“They said they would go back to the supervisor and see if they could get some more money, but it didn’t happen. That’s how it has been with NLHC ever since I started this process last fall,” said White.“One day they’d say one thing and the next day something else. It was really hard to get hold of the person I was dealing with as well. Every