May 27, 1997 in Nation/World

Worker Landscapes On Computer

Compiled From Wire Services

A landscape worker left paralyzed in a car accident is getting another chance to sculpt flowerbeds and bushes - on the computer.

With the help of Goodwill Industries, Faustino Ambrocio is unlocking the gardens trapped in his mind and getting back on the job.

The charity is opening a $1.2 million technology training center in Santa Ana for people with disabilities. It is training Ambrocio to use a computer, a specially adapted mouse and a three-dimensional software program to design landscapes.

“There are a lot of people like me, who are incapacitated, who don’t know where to go to get physical therapy or training for some kind of job,” said Ambrocio, 32. “There are a lot of people that don’t know there’s hope for people like me.”

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