At Kilmer Center in Vienna, which serves students ages 5 through 21 who have severe disabilities, every wheelchair, desk and toy needs to be custom-designed. When things break down or don't fit, retired engineer Bill Porter is on hand to help. He might be asked to build a bookshelf, alter a piece of equipment or arrange switches so that a student can operate a computer.
Schools for disabled count on Mr. Fix-its Article | Many students enrolled at Fairfax County's schools for the disabled cannot talk. But they greet their teachers every day, pressing a finger or a toe to a switch that prompts a recorded voice to say "Hello!" or "Good morning."