Tariq-KadriIn 1996, Tariq Kadri, a former attorney turned contractor and his wife of 22 years, Maxine, were in a near-fatal car accident that left Maxine with a serious brain injury and Tariq with a spinal cord injury. Yet, with an indomitable spirit, Tariq and Maxine never quit. Tariq is a successful contractor and his projects vary—from the pro bono conversion of the former Chad’s restaurant downtown into the new home for Jodi House’s Brain Injury Support Center, to remodeling historic hillside residences and contemporary houses up and down the Santa Barbara coast. But remodeling his own home to become fully accessible while keeping design and beauty in the forefront might be the best testament to his skill as a contractor.

On September 30, 2013, Tariq courageously took his first steps since his accident in a bionic exoskeleton suit at Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital in Santa Barbara, California. In his own words he wrote: “I am still not quite sure whether today really happened or whether I just woke up from a wonderful dream. Seventeen years ago this past May 31 at 1:00 PM I drove home from my office to pick up my wife, Maxine, for a short drive to Ventura to visit a friend’s business. When I got home, I got out of the car to open the passenger door for my wife, walked around the back of the car and got into the driver’s seat and off we drove. It was the last time that I walked – UNTIL TODAY!!! I had the chance to walk three times today! I will remember this day until my last day on this earth.”

Tariq is the Owner of Kadri & Associates in Santa Barbara. As homebuilding masters, the company prides itself on their expertise in Universal design. He also serves as a director for the Rehabilitation Institute at Santa Barbara. Tariq is an advocate for promoting research and development including enhanced usability and accessibility of bionic technology to augment human capabilities.

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