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Ally of Accessibility Award Goes to LineSync Architecture

October 13, 2016

On Oct. 13, the Vermont Center for Independent Living honored Julie Lineberger and Joseph Cincotta of LineSync Architecture with an Ally of Accessibility Award. The award was handed out at VCIL’s Montpelier office.

Lineberger is the owner and cofounder of LineSync Architecture, a green and sustainable firm in southern Vermont that has garnered numerous awards for both design and business management. LineSync recently debuted the Wheel Pad, an eco-friendly 200-square-foot accessible bedroom and bathroom module that can be temporarily attached to an existing home. (For more information about the module, visit http://www.wheelpad.com/.)

VCIL Executive Director Sarah Launderville said, “Increasing the accessible housing stock in Vermont is a must and we love the design of Wheel Pad. It allows people with disabilities and elders more options for accessible housing. We applaud the excellent design that Julie and Joseph have put together and appreciate their dedication to people with disabilities.”

In presenting the award, Launderville said, “Not only are you spreading the word about the need to make homes accessible, you’ve come up with a tangible thing we can do. I’m super excited.”

The idea for the Wheel Pad was born when a friend of Lineberger and Cincotta, an award-winning sports cinematographer and film producer named Riley Poor, was injured in an accident shortly before his 26th birthday and became a tetraplegic. He relocated to Portland, Oregon after the accident, where he was unable to find a universally accessible apartment and had to live in a hotel for eight months. Not wanting others to go through similar situations, Cincotta designed the Wheel Pad as a way to provide temporary accessible housing for people newly using a wheelchair, allowing time for permanent accessible housing to be arranged.

Lineberger said, “Our biggest market right now is veterans. We want to change the way veterans come home.”

She added that she hopes to start producing Wheel Pads in February and that she has a possible manufacturer lined up.

The visionary businesswoman said, “In three to five years I hope to open our own manufacturing plant in Wilmington, which is economically depressed. In 20 years when I’m ready to retire, it will become an employee-owned company.”

VCIL presents Ally of Accessibility Awards to businesses, organizations and individuals that go above and beyond when it comes to promoting accessibility.

If you would like to nominate a person, business or organization for an Ally of Accessibility Award, please contact Stefanie Monte at smonte@vcil.org or 802-224-1820. Be sure to tell her why you are making the nomination, and please be specific about any renovations or assistive technology that your nominee is using to enhance accessibility.