Let Cooper Veloudis Keep His Therapy House
  • Petitioned Andover Forest Home Owners Association

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Let Cooper Veloudis Keep His Therapy House

    1. Petition by

      Laura Sommers

      Terre Haute, IN

Cooper Veloudis is a 3-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, a disorder that impacts the brain and nervous system. At the recommendation of doctors and occupational therapists, Cooper's parents spent $5,000 building a therapy playhouse in their backyard. This playhouse aids Cooper with his physical development, allowing him to learn to climb stairs and perform independent tasks. Cooper's parents have already seen improvements in Cooper's health since he started using the playhouse in April.

Even though Cooper's playhouse is invaluable to his development, the Andover Forest Homeowners' Association in Lexington, Kentucky recently told the Veloudis family that the structure violates Associaton rules. If HOA members don't vote to save the playhouse, Cooper will be forced to go without an important part of his therapy.

Other houses in the neighborhood have tree houses and swing sets. There's no reason that Cooper shouldn't be allowed to keep his playhouse, especially because it is so important to his development. As someone who has a disability myself, I can relate to Cooper's story. I've been discriminated against many times in my life, and there's no reason that Cooper should have to go through life without his therapy playhouse.

The HOA recently said that Cooper could keep his playhouse through the holidays, but the fight isn't over yet. HOA officials will vote in January on whether or not Cooper can keep his playhouse permanently.

Please help protect Cooper's health. Sign this petition urging members of the Andover Forest Homeowners' Association to save Cooper's playhouse. 

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    • nikki gamble LEXINGTON, KY
      • over 2 years ago

      this little boy needs this house for his disability

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    • Jill Meraz MILWAUKEE, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      I have a son who is mildly autistic. Fortunately, he is now a well adjusted 18 year old, who will be starting college again this summer as an acconting major. Without early intervention, he would have never made it this far. Stories such as this and the transplants being denied to those other two people with disabilities are very disturbing because these people deserve as much of a chance as others to succeed in life ad others who already have it much better than they do. Best of luck to all of these families!

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    • Karen Williams DALLAS, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      How is an educational tool for a boy with CP less important than whether it's aestheticly in step with the neighborhood? People seem to be deliberately misusing the term playhouse in Cooper's case; how petty and small-minded. If it was a true problem, shouldn't this have been brought up before it was built?

      May the HOA's other members stay healthy and never need to have physical rehabbing.

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    • Ben Fairbanks TAYLORSVILLE, UT
      • over 2 years ago

      HOA's are communism anyway. Let him keep his therapy house!!!

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    • Lori werling LEXINGTON, KY
      • over 2 years ago

      Because it is soooo inhumane and ridiculous! How petty and selfish are the people who want interfere with this child's development. It is really disappointing.

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