Organization that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands (DRCVI) in the Community:
Advocating for Safety and Security at Home
Case summary: T.L. is an older adult woman with a visual impairment who resides at a housing community near a large shopping center. She lives alone and home security is very important to her. T.L. was very uncomfortable with what appeared to be an absence of security at one of the entry gates to her apartment. She wanted to have the ability to use a device to allow a visitor to her home. She also wanted to have the capacity to return to her home without having to get out of a vehicle to physically open a gate.
T.L. had sent a letter to the housing management requesting their help to secure a safer alternative to access the entry gate to her apartment. The housing management company did not respond to T.L.’s letter. Thereafter, T.L. sought the advocacy services of the Disability Rights Center of the VI (DRCVI). DRCVI conducted an investigation of the premises and communicated with the housing management.
As a result of DRCVI's assistance, within a period of three months T.L. was provided with an appropriate remote device that allows her safe and secure access to her home that she can operate independently.