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Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:15 am, Fri Mar 23, 2012.

Are you disabled or a senior and need structural changes to your house to help you get out of bed, into the shower or bathtub, or off the toilet?

Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living, a Stockton-based nonprofit, wants to help Lodi residents by installing grab bars or making other structural changes at homes in Lodi that will help people with physical disabilities.

The group also can install smaller ramps over a couple-inch drops between rooms or to get out onto patios.

The city of Lodi gave the organization $4,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding to help Lodi residents with these changes. The nonprofit needs to spend the money before June 30, so they are asking people to contact their organization as soon as possible.

The city plans to help promote the program by putting up flyers at the LOEL Center, Neighborhood Services Manager Joseph Wood said.

In the past, DRAIL has received money from Stockton, Manteca and the county through CDBG funds, but this is the first time it has received money from Lodi.

Wood said the people who should apply are those with disabilities or accessibility needs. DRAIL would prefer to install improvements in owner-occupied homes.

To get more information, you can call Assistive Technology Advocate Sandra Graham at 1-866-344-3614 or email Graham at sandra@drail.org.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com. Read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/citybuzz.

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