Richmond Wheelchair Ramps and How to Choose One

Richmond Wheelchair RampsThere are many people who use wheelchair ramps or power scooters, either because they can’t stand for long periods of time or because their legs don’t operate in a proper fashion. Quite simply put, wheelchair ramps are inclining planes which facilitate those who use wheelchairs to access their homes or other buildings. Being able to get in and out of your house or access businesses is something many take for granted. The slope of these ramps is important because certain angles are too difficult to maneuver from a wheelchair. Both portable and modular ramps take this into consideration in their design. Permanent ramps, whether modular or wooden ramps must be designed to take this into account. Laws have been implemented to help protect wheelchair users when businesses install ramps, insuring that this slope is within specifications.

When considering the construction of a disability ramp you should ponder these things:

Ramp Functionality

Every person’s disability is different. The functionality of any Richmond wheelchair ramp is only advantageous if designed with them in mind. Since disabled people use these ramps in various capacities like getting in out and out of vehicles, into buildings or to access the entrances of public places or even the street, it’s very important to keep their needs in mind.

Ramp Size

Just like every wheelchair or scooter user is different, each of these conveyances have different specs. You can find these measurements in the pages of the manual or on the box, but typically the recommended ratio is 1 to 12 for businesses. Every inch of incline needs one foot of ramp. The home recommendation is 2 to 12, meaning for every inch of incline needs one foot of ramp. Scooters require a 3 to 12 ratio. So, to build a ramp you should measure the length of the stairs that need covering and figure based on that

Ramp Types

There are several different types of wheelchair ramps including portable, modular, wooden and vehicle. Portable ramps can be folded and taken with you and are typically used to overcome smaller hurdles like a couple of entry stairs. They are very strong and make going to new places much easier. Modular ramps are permanent and are made of aluminum so they last a really long time. And though they are “permanent” they can be moved. Because they are aluminum they don’t decay. They come with handrails and are quick to install, though best installed by a specialist. Wooden ramps are the old fashioned wheelchair ramps. They are permanent and are difficult to move without damaging them. They may or may not have handrails – though handrails and edge barriers should always be installed for wheelchair and scooter users. Vehicle ramps are used to make entering or exiting a vehicle easier and are installed on the side or back of a van or large vehicle. If you need to install a wheelchair ramp for a school or business, modular ramps meet the American standard recommendations and are a wise investment as they don’t have to be painted or treated.

Wheelchair ramps became required in 1990 when the American With Disabilities Act passed. It not only provides for and prohibits the discrimination of people with disabilities, it requires that buildings and businesses make provision and accommodate people who cannot walk. This includes providing access to transportation like trains and buses, as well as to restrooms. Stairs cannot be the only way to access a public structure because it violates this act.

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