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Disabled? Guide to Wheelchair Ramps

Navigating the world from a wheelchair is still not always as possible as it should be. There are still many locations that do not provide wheelchair-accessible entry ways and many disabled individuals have difficulties getting where they need to be.

One of the biggest problems facing disabled individuals is the ability to get from one place to another when an obstacle is in the way such as stairs or the gap between your vehicle and the sidewalk when riding in a wheelchair or motorized scooter.

There are several products available to help maneuverability concerns both at your own home and in other environments. Portable ramps are available for those times when you are out and about and cannot not gain entry into buildings or other locations because there are no forms of wheel chair accessible points of entry such as lowered sidewalks or concrete ramps. Portable ramps can be utilized to allow such access.

There are several types of ramps wheelchairs and motorized scooters can navigate. Here is a look at several of the most commonly used portable ramps:

Threshold Ramps

A wedge shaped ramp that can accommodate heights ranging from one inch to six inches. Ramps are often made of rubber and are suitable for most doorways. These ramp types are portable but often positioned into a permanent place. Wheelchairs and scooters can use threshold ramps to enter a building.

Suitcase Ramps

This type of ramp is named as such due to its portability which packs up like a suitcase. This kind of ramp will provide a solid surface over stairs or existing gaps when needed and packed up. Typically, suitcase ramps are available in several lengths ranging from 2 to 6 feet and have different weight restrictions.

Telescoping Ramps

Likely the most portable ramp style, telescoping ramps are two thin ramp pieces which guide both sides of a wheelchair. Most ramps are adjustable to varying lengths up to five feet and are stored easily in a bag for portability.

Rollup Ramps

The central section of the ramp comes in a cylinder form which is rolled open when ready to be used. Side rails attach to the central ramp to create the strong ramp area. This kind of ramp is made of aluminum, keeping it lightweight and easy to carry around.

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