The Norman Transcript


July 13, 2014

Family tragedy opened one woman’s eyes to the need of the disabled



“This was an outlay of money we felt like we had to do to make it adaptable for family living,” Bayles said.

Both bathrooms have large, accessible showers and the master bathroom has a deep tub with a wide side to allow ease of seating.

Bayles said the showers have linear drains with a slope so slight it’s nearly undetectable. There are LED lights throughout the house and window to let in the sunlight.

“It’s my design with the help of an architect,” she said. “I spent a fortune on drawers.”

The drawers are fully extendable to allow a full range of sight to the back. Closets have wheelchair accessible height rods and cubbies as well as higher rods for additional storage.

The home is open and airy.

“I wanted them to feel like they were in an upper class home,” Bayles said.

The home has two nice size bedrooms each with a bathroom. Another, smaller room is set up to work as a computer room or home office but could also serve as a child’s room. There will be kickplates on all the doors and the wall joinings have rounded corners to make them easier for a wheelchair to get around.

The thermostat and light switches are placed low on the wall and the electric outlets are placed high — all to make them reachable by wheelchair.

“I want to raise people’s awareness of the need for this,” Bayles said.

The location of the home at 905 N. Lahoma is close to CART access on Acres, and close to the public library and Andrews Park.

“Its not that far to campus,” Bayles said.

It’s also close to Flood Street and would serve a commuter well.

The home is not low income housing and will rent at market value, but Bayles beleives it will find the right tenants soon. Learn more about Jean’s dream home at or call 321-6958 for rental and other information.

Joy Hampton



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