Why Ramps For Wheelchairs Make A Real Difference

Ramps for wheelchairs are an essential accessory for so many people who are using this important technology to give themselves more freedom in their lives. A wheelchair can make it possible for someone with a severe disability to still partake in many of the activities which so many people take for granted, such as going to the theater or a sporting event. Many buildings have now been adapted to be friendly to wheelchair users, but there is still the problem of getting the wheelchairs into the areas which are specified for them.

It has to be said that friendliness to disabled people is not something which has always been taken as seriously as it should have been. There have been many buildings built which were totally inaccessible to people in wheelchairs, and even the transportation system has been out of the reach of many. In days gone by, wheelchair users did receive the consideration which is now making it possible for them to live relatively normal lives. From a position of having only restricted access to much of the events and facilities which were of interest to them, disabled people are now able to plan their lives as an able bodied person is able to do.

The first and most obvious application for ramps is in the home of the wheelchair user. It is common for there to be steps or a slope leading up to a door, or even a gap between the door and the level of the flooring. Some doors are deliberately placed above ground height to keep out pests, and this can make it unnecessarily difficult for the wheelchair user. A ramp can overcome these problems perfectly, and ramps can either be fixed or entirely portable. In a home situation, most of the ramps will usually be fixed as it saves the difficulty of having to keep erecting them and taking them down.

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There is also a need for ramps for wheelchairs in many public buildings, even though the design of most buildings will make it possible to use them without the excessive use of temporary devices. Theaters will typically install their wheelchair access areas at ground level so there is no need for disabled people to have to climb the stairs, and retail outlets will usually have elevators to take the disabled up to where they need to go. Temporary ramps can often be used in buildings where the architecture cannot be optimized.

There has also been great progress made in the area of transport in many countries of the world. Railroad lines have always been difficult hurdles for the disabled to deal with, due to the fact that there needs to be a gap between the train and the platform. This gap will usually be wide enough to prevent a wheelchair user from boarding the train, unless a ramp is provided. The ramps used in this situation are folding ramps, which can quickly be opened to create a solid surface through which the train can boarded.

The many situations in which ramps for wheelchairs are useful call for a supply of versatile and sometimes even adjustable units. In places where the same ramp can be used many times over, such as a railway station, there is no need for the ramp to be adjustable, but at home it can be useful to be able to have the ramp work at different angles and different sizes. This functionality is built in to some of the ramps which you can find for sale through retail outlets selling wheelchairs, or you can order them online if you live remotely. There are many suppliers of ramps for wheelchairs.

 

 

 

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READERS' MAILBAG -- Frustrated by handicap accessibility - Lakenewsonline.com

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READERS' MAILBAG -- Frustrated by handicap accessibility
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I ask those of you with businesses to have your doors conveniently located not for the person who is healthy enough to walk the distance. Are your doors easily opened by someone using a walker or wheelchair or does it take two people - one to hold the .

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WSAZ Investigates: The road less traveled, how accessible is Huntington? - WSAZ-TV

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WSAZ Investigates: The road less traveled, how accessible is Huntington?
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The Americans with Disabilities Act requires all new construction to include handicap access like curb cuts. City officials in Huntington say they acknowledge the broken sidewalks throughout the city, but unlike the past decade, they have made sidewalk .

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Thieves steal wheels from family's wheelchair-accessible van - Fox News

Thieves steal wheels from family's wheelchair-accessible van
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Delarosa says the van was clearly wheelchair-accessible and parked in a handicapped spot. He said he doesn't understand how someone could steal from a disabled person. "Like how could you be so heartless? Just take somebody's stuff. You don't know .
'Heartless': Thieves steal Lawrence family's handicap van wheelsMy Fox Boston

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Houston Astros baseball player receives hero's welcome in Effingham County - WTOC

Houston Astros baseball player receives hero's welcome in Effingham County
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Reddick spoke on the handicap accessibility of the facility, saying "Everybody with handicap disabilities can come on this field whether you're in a wheelchair or on crutches or you need a cane to walk. We are going to make it possible for everyone to .

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Thieves steal wheels from family's handicap van for disabled son - New York Post

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Thieves steal wheels from family's handicap van for disabled son
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A Massachusetts family was stunned when they discovered all four tires had been stolen from their wheelchair-accessible van, Boston 25 News reported. Heecliff Delarosa said he was was devastated Sunday morning when he learned thieves had stolen the .

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