Lack of wheelchair accessibility prompts community to help

Published: May. 5, 2021 at 10:20 PM EDT
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FARMVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Some community members have come together to help out a father who is disabled and was unable to access his daughter’s softball field at Farmville Central High.

That action came after seeing a story about William King on WITN.

King has a daughter who plays softball at Farmville Central but there aren’t sidewalks or any type of wheelchair access around the field, making it hard for him to get around to see her play.

That was until recently when his recreational therapist and some nurses decided to help out.

King got a call a couple of days after his story aired, letting the public know about the lack of wheelchair accessibility around the Farmville Central softball field.

The call was from his recreational therapist who wanted to help.

Jessica O’Neal says King was one of her patients, so she and another nurse at Vidant Medical Center decided they needed to help.

They brought out industrial mats and set them up down the hill so King could get up and down without getting stuck.

And the best part, King was able to keep the mats since he may need them next year for his daughter’s senior year on the field.

King and his daughter told WITN that even though they may not have gotten any response from the school system, they’ve received an overwhelming amount of support from the community.

King says he will also be able to use the mats when he visits the river, instead of staying inside in the ground is saturated.

The Pitt County School District previously told us they are working diligently within the constraints of their budgets to address any issues brought to their attention.

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