CCFJ.NET: Family battles homeowners association over fence for son with Asperger’s syndrome
By Louis Bolden
Channel 6 TV
June 6, 2015
Orlando – A local family is in a battle with their homeowners association over a fence for their son, who has Asperger’s syndrome.
“He has a very real disability that you cannot see and he can’t have the one thing he really needs,” Kristin Seekings said to Local 6 News with tears in her eyes. We selected a home that would be safe for him, that would have interior components that were safe for him. that we could provide exterior safety for him and we’re being denied that and it’s not OK,” she said.
The Esprit subdivision in St. Cloud does allow vinyl fences, in fact they’re all over the neighborhood. However, the Seekings home backs up to a conservation area. The HOA will only allow a metal picketed fence, which the Seekings said is not safe.
“He’s a climber,” Kristin Seekings said about her 5-year-old. “He’s an escape artist, he is one who is not afraid of danger, so he is going to immediately try and scale that.”
|Shawn Seekings has an email chain with the HOA that started before they moved in. When asking for an exception, he included a letter from his son’s neurologist saying his son has epilepsy, ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome. Read more: