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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Thieves steal Milwaukee family's wheelchair-accessible van for their kids on Christmas - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Thieves steal Milwaukee family's wheelchair-accessible van for their kids on Christmas
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A Milwaukee family's handicap-accessible van containing two wheelchairs was stolen on Christmas morning and found burned days later. Imelda Figueroa said her husband and father were loading the wheelchairs into the van, which was running, and had just .

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Robesonian | Donations needed for rehab work - The Robesonian

The Robesonian

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Teresa Cummings was injured in a car accident, and might have her right leg amputated. Volunteers are making her home more friendly to her handicap, but need donations. LUMBERTON EUR” A group of unpaid volunteers is asking the public's help in renovating .

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City agrees to make The Pier more handicap accessible - Santa Monica Daily Press

City agrees to make The Pier more handicap accessible
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A grandfather's desire to share a ride on the carousel with his grandson prompted the lawsuit behind a $108,000 settlement with the city and changes coming to The Pier. On Tuesday, the City Council voted to settle with resident Barry Atwood and make .

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Think SLO is accessible to all? Spend a week in a wheelchair and find out - The San Luis Obispo Tribune

The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Think SLO is accessible to all? Spend a week in a wheelchair and find out
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The new SLO Airport terminal opened without a functioning elevator. I made inquiries regarding access for mobility-limited travelers. The responses distilled to EURœit's not our faultEUR and EURœwe meet the standards.EUR Several ideas were presented that would .

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Cubs fan who uses wheelchair sues, says Wrigley Field violates disabilities act - Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

Cubs fan who uses wheelchair sues, says Wrigley Field violates disabilities act
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A 20-year-old Cubs fan who uses a wheelchair is alleging in a lawsuit that Wrigley Field renovations have eliminated or excluded some handicapped-accessible seating at the stadium in violation of federal law. David F. Cerda, who has muscular dystrophy .

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