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2018 U.S. Winter Paralympic Team Wins 36 Medals

Posted on Wed, Mar 21, 2018

The U.S. Paralympic Team won a total of 36 medals at the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games at PyeongChang, South Korea

The U.S. team earned the highest number of medals, followed by Canada (28), the Neutral Paralympic Team (24), Ukraine (22) and France (20).
The U.S. team also won the highest number of gold medals (13) , followed by the Neutral Paralympic Team (8), Canada (8), France (7), Germany (7) and Ukraine.
2018 Winter U.S. Paralympic Team (by the numbers)
  • 81 U.S. team members across 6 sports
  • 23 female athletes, 58 male athletes
  • 13 Gold Medals
  • 15 Silver Medals
  • 8 Bronze Medals

Congratulations to all of the Paralympians from all over the world for their triumphs and successes!


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Encouraging athletes of all abilities


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Paralympics 2018: Where and How to Watch

Posted on Fri, Feb 23, 2018

NBC will be covering all six Paralympic winter sports and will be airing a historic 94 hours of it on television.


Sochi 2014 only covered 50 televised hours, so it is clear to see that the games will be getting a lot more attention this year. The games will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea and will begin on March 9th and end on March 18th.


AMI (Accessible Media Inc.) audio will be providing live updates from expert analysts, as well as maintaining up-to-date Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. (AMI.ca/listenlive)


Toyota will be the first ever Paralympic presenting sponsor and is also the only auto advertiser for the games. Look out for a whole lot of Toyota marketing.


There will be 700 athletes competing in over 80 different winter events. Tune in to watch over 70 Americans try to bring home the gold!



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Paralympians to Watch: Preview of U.S. Athletes Expected to do Well

Posted on Thu, Feb 22, 2018

This year's Paralympic games will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea and will begin on March 9th and end on March 18th.

The Paralympic games feature 670 Incredibly talented men and women of different abilities, a 24 per cent increase on the number of athletes that competed in Sochi 2014, according to the Paralympics website


Athletes will compete in 80 medal events across alpine skiiing, biathlon, cross-country skiiing, ice hockey, snowbard and wheelchair curling.


Check out which U.S. athletes you should be on the lookout for during the 2018 Paralympics:


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Kendall Gretsch


Kendall Gretsch is a 27-year old Nordic skier preparing to make her Paralympic debut in PyeongChang. Gretsch, two-time world champion triathlete and former ESPY nominee, was just named one of the three U.S. women to the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Nordic Skiing Team.


Gretsch won all three gold medals at the 2018 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Nationals and is now focused on bringing home the gold again.




Gretsch was born with spina bifida and is a wheelchair user, however, once she hits the slopes, she moves with ease, as we can see from her quick transition from the paratriathlon to Nordic skiing. She picked up Nordic skiing in 2015 and qualified for the U.S. national team the next season.


Kendall Gretsch has the motivation, athletic ability, and support to become a two-sport Paralympian and will definitely be a force to be reckoned with this coming March.





Tyler Walker


Tyler Walker is a 31-year old alpine skier preparing for his fourth Paralympic Winter Games. Walker is trying to battle back after a serious tumble in Sochi during the last winter games. He continually discusses that he plans for the long term; after the Sochi accident, he was looking to how to make his game better for years and years ahead.


Tyler was born with a section of his spine missing and had to undergo surgery to get both of his legs amputated when he was four-years old, but has only become stronger from these experiences. He won his first giant slalom overall world cup when he was still a teen and has continued to perform well throughout his lengthy career.



Walker is a relentless athlete and a courageous role model. He has shared with the world his ups and downs, admitting when he was at his lowest and sharing that it is okay to feel that way. Though this could be Walker’s last Paralympics, he shows a lot of promise in bringing back his first medal for the U.S. team.




Andy Soule


Andy Soule is a 38-year old army veteran turned Nordic skier. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks Soule was inspired to join the army and was sent to Afghanistan. In 2005, Soule lost both of his legs to a roadside bomb and after recovering, turned to sports as part of his rehabilitation.




Soule uses a sit-ski that allows him to sit while propelling himself with poles and made history when he was the first American Paralympian to win a biathlon medal. This will be Soule’s third Paralympic Games, and he was just recently announced to be a member of the Nordic skiing team.


Along with being a Paralympic skier, Soule is a ballistic specialist, meaning he can put together and take apart rifles expertly. Soule has many passions, but has always loved physical competition, which is what has driven him to be so successful in years past and hopefully in this year’s coming games.





The final medal events programme for the Paralympic games will include:


 Alpine skiing – 30 medal events (15 male, 15 female) and 130 male and 60 female athletes

 Biathlon and cross-country skiing – 38 medal events (18 male, 18 female, 2 mixed) and 100 male and 70 female athletes

• Ice hockey – 1 medal event and 136 male and 8 female athletes (teams have an option to include an additional female player in their roster of 17 players)

 Snowboard – 10 medal events (6 male, 4 female) and 70 male and 36 female athletes

 Wheelchair curling – 1 medal event and 48 male and 12 female athletes (each team must have a minimum of one female player).



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Amramp to exhibit at AGC's Annual Convention 2018 for general contractors

Posted on Mon, Feb 19, 2018

Join Amramp at the groundbreaking AGC Annual Convention in New Orleans, showcasing dynamic building solutions for contractors nationwide.


Formed in 1918, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)  will celebrate 100 years of construction at the 99th Annual Convention in New Orleans from February 26 - 28, 2018. With more than 2,500 construction professionals expected to attend, the event will feature the latest on industry innovation, safety, relationship-building, progress, and more.


AGC's Annual Convention 2018 will also feature a range of educational opportunities for attendees, with CEUs offered for various sessions daily.




The convention is attracting attention for is a highly esteemed lineup of featured speakers, promising to be a big draw for the event.



Amramp is excited to bring commercial-grade wheelchair ramps to the 2018 AGC Equipment, Technology & Construction Solutions Expo, connecting with contractors and industry representatives to highlight our offerings and solutions. Stop in to see us at our exhibitor booth – and learn more about how we can advance your next construction project to better meet clients' needs. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!


Breaking new ground in the accessible building construction

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2018 Winter Olympics Commercials Represent Diverse Abilities

Posted on Mon, Feb 12, 2018

For the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic games, it is clear that brands are sending a new message to viewers by highlighting individuals of all abilities


Although several advertisers have reportedly cut back their ad spending for the winter olympics, the companies that will air creative advertising campaigns during the 2018 PyeongChang winter games are ready to show a new narrative of what it means to have "ability."


Here is an overview of commercials that feature athletes and individuals succeeding in today's world:


Microsoft AI Commericial featuring Common


Narrated by American hip hop recording artist Common, viewers can see how the power of AI makes an impact on today's world and the way in which the technology sets a new precedent for new generations. 


"Today, right now, you have more power at your fingertips than entire generations that came before you."




Samsung "Do What You Can't" Campaign

The commercial begins showing the difference between what it feels like to be encouraged and what it means to be or to feel discouraged. Even though the situation may be challenging, it does not mean that it's insurmountable. 


"We're born to do what can't be done. Do what you can't."



Apple's "Dear Apple" Campaign


The AppleWatch is more than an electronic vanity piece. Apple shares the stories of several customers who have benefited from the technology that has the ability to help achieve fitness goals, monitor blood sugar levels and even save lives. 




Toyota's "Mobility for All" Campaign


Adweek reports that Toyota has made great efforts to launch its global campaign. The seven creative pieces of the campaign demonstrate how the company plans to move forward with new innovations for people of all abilities. 




Visa Spotlights Paralympian Oksana Masters


The first ever global sponsor for the Olympics and Paralympicsfeatures Olympian athlete Oksana Masters. Masters has overcome a number of obstacles throughout her life, but she sees her athletic ability and persistence as important facets that keep her going. 


“Sport is what really helped me break through that mold of what people perceive as beautiful,” Masters told Visa.



Meet some of the U.S. paralympic athletes expected to rock the 2018 Paralympics at PyeongChang!


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Amramp to showcase at the American Fence Association (AFA) FENCETECH-METALfab

Posted on Mon, Jan 22, 2018

Join North America’s leading wheelchair ramp manufacturer-installer Amramp at the American Fence Association (AFA) 2018 FENCETECH-METALfab event in Phoenix alongside building and materials experts.


The American Fence Association (AFA) will host its 2018 FENCETECH-METALfab event from February 6 - 9, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ, to reach 4,800 fencing, ornamental, and miscellaneous metals professionals. For the second year, AFA joins its FENCETECH event with METALfab to create a more dynamic event for attendees, combining complementary building industries under one roof.




The keynote address will be given by Barry Willingham, president of Ameristar Perimeter Security USA Inc., an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. He’ll draw on his experience in the fence, door, ornamental, and miscellaneous metals industries to bring insights on the synergies that can be achieved by related industries and their associations.


In addition to informative, career-enhancing sessions, attendees will also have a range of educational opportunities provided to them, including:


  • Certified automated gate operator installer (CAGOI)
  • Certified automated gate systems installer (CAGSD)
  • Certified fence professional (CFP)
  • As well as sessions for Automated Gate Systems Design, Sales Training or Fence Installation School


FENCETECH-METALfab attendees will also have the chance to connect with 300+ exhibitors, showcasing the latest innovations, techniques, tools, and materials.


Amramp is thrilled to be on-site demonstrating the best of our 100% recyclable steel wheelchair ramps featuring gripping texture that prevents skidding.


Enjoy beautiful Phoenix, and be sure to stop by our expo booth and say hi.


When it comes to safety, there's no room to be on the fence


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Amramp to participate in Case Managers’ Symposium 2018 in Nashville

Posted on Mon, Jan 08, 2018

With a growing emphasis on the importance of professional certifications in the eyes of employers, patients, and workers alike, the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) will host its New World Symposium 2018 on January 18 - 20, 2018.


CCMC's New World Symposium will also offer case managers the opportunity to earn credits toward licenses and certifications while learning alongside industry-leading professionals. Called "Future Dimensions of Case Management," the conference will focus on developing a well-prepared case management workforce. The event will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.


The Commission for Case Manager Certification has accredited more than 60,000 case workers since 1992.




Of dozens of sessions, workshops, and opportunities offered by renowned speakers, featured plenary sessions include:



General sessions will address professional challenges and include such topics as:


  • An Underrecognized Key to Improving Transitional Care: Feedback Loops
  • Double Shot for Health: Motivating Patient Behavior Change 
  • Hurdle Training: Overcoming Barriers and Problem Solving
  • Bridging the Gap: Clinical Care Meets Population Health

CCMC's New World Symposium 2018 is set to inspire and empower case management workers. Attendees will have the chance to develop their skills while earning CEs towards their CCM certification – or licenses and certifications in the areas of nursing, social work, and related fields.


Amramp will be on-site in the Exhibitor Hall, showcasing breakthrough products for patients to transition home safely with accessibility solutions like modular wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, pool lifts, and more advancing the patient experience and supporting the work of case managers across the county. Enjoy this cutting-edge conference, and stop by our exhibitor booth, and see how we can help you and your patients.


Making a case for advances in case management

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Stay Safe This Winter

Posted on Thu, Dec 14, 2017

A wheelchair ramp is an EMERGENCY MEANS OF EGRESS to provide a life-saving exit for someone with limited mobility, in the event of FIRE or other emergency situations.


Most people think that a ramp only provides a pathway for wheelchair users to access and exit the home. A safe exit in case of fire or other emergency is important for everyone and especially for those with mobility concerns.


If you have a client or a family member with mobility issues – whether they use a wheelchair, walker, cane or scooter or just struggle with stairs - make sure they have a reliable, functional emergency exit plan. A sturdy, fireproof ramp with safety rails should be part of that plan.


Winter ice and snow conditions effect everyone in the home, consider an Amramp ADA compliant walkway with rails as a safe path to get all family members from the driveway to the front stair rails – you can even rent a ramp or walkway just for the winter!


For more about Amramp's safe fireproof ramps and other aging-in-place products and services CALL 1-888-715-7598 or visit www.amramp.com.





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Five Accessibility Apps for Wheelchair Users

Posted on Thu, Nov 16, 2017

Download these apps to find wheelchair accessible destinations in your neighborhood and all over the world




WheelMate lets wheelchair users around the world locate wheelchair-accessible toilets and parking spaces. The WheelMate app currently has more than 30,000 locations across 45 countries – and more are being added every day. Learn more




Wheelmap is based on OpenStreetMap and works similar to Wikipedia - everyone can contribute to improving the accumulated data. The app draws its information directly from the net. All data is always up to date. Learn more


Access Earth


According to an interview with the Huffington Post, Access Earth founder and creator Matt McCann started working on the app after he booked a stay at a hotel that had advertised itself as wheelchair accessible, only to find that it was not. Access Earth members “give each other the specific information they need to try new restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions without worrying about accessibility.” Learn more




Wheely NYC 


With stairways to the subway and lack of signage, those are only a few of the many accessibility challenges wheelchair users can face while in New York City. Wheely features accessible subway maps licensed by the MTA®, specific directions and maps to subway elevators and reviews based on local accessible places. Wheely is founded by Anthony Driscoll, a Parsons New School MFA Design and Technology candidate, who was inspired to create this app through his travels with his father who is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Learn more





AXS Map pulls destinations—restaurants, attractions—from Google Maps for users to rate how accessible they are. The app encourages hands-on engagement with the "Mapathon" functionality. The concept of Mapathon is to host a community event to go out and rate accessibility in your neighborhod. If users prefer not to start their own Mapathon, they are also able to join Mapathons with the guidance of AXS maps. Learn more 


Freewheel (in development)


Although the app is still in development, the world’s first fitness tracker for wheelchair users will take accessibility to the next level for. There is a mounted mechanism attached to the wheelchair that works via Bluetooth that calculates four key factors of wheelchair movement, as well as collects data to map navigable routes for other parties with accessibility needs. Freewheel is being developed by Chaotic Moon Studios in partnership with Accenture. Learn more 





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Amramp and HaveHealth Provide Family Caregiver Guide

Posted on Thu, Nov 09, 2017

A sudden medical crisis can drastically alter your life.

Your everyday routine now focuses on how to help your loved one get better, making frequent hospital visits and often making critical decisions with little preparation or resources.


Through this difficult process, you have become a family caregiver — an unpaid family member who helps a loved one with a health condition. There is no formal announcement of your new position, nothing to prepare you for what’s ahead or help you manage your shock and anxiety.


Your role as family caregiver includes a number of responsibilities, such as


  • Advocating for your loved one to make sure the care team treats the whole person, not just the condition, by communicating what’s important about your loved one and what’s important to your loved one.
  • Alerting the care team to circumstances that may not be readily apparent — such as dementia, substance abuse, medication noncompliance, depression, or hearing loss. These can significantly affect your loved one’s ability or willingness to give hospital staff accurate information.
  • Navigating complex healthcare and insurance systems and coordinate care delivered by multiple medical specialists and nursing shifts.
  • Monitoring changes in medications, especially during transitions between different departments and at discharge, and also report side effects that your loved one may not recognize.


Your new role isn’t easy—even physicians and nurses working in hospitals report that being a family caregiver for a hospitalized loved one is much more challenging than they ever realized.


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A free, easy-to-read guide from HaveHealth — How to help your loved one in the hospital: You can make a difference — can help you manage your caregiver responsibilities. It tells you:

  • The three most important things you can do as a family caregiver
  • Three great ways to help manage your loved one’s health in the hospital
  • Three great ways to help prevent common mistakes made in the hospital
  • Three great ways to keep your loved one from having to go back to the hospital


Before discharge from the hospital, preparations must be made for taking your loved one home. You may need to make physical adjustments to the living space to accommodate mobility challenges, such as getting up stairs. When you make changes, you’ll want to comply with local zoning laws and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. A Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) who’s been trained by the National Association of Home Builders can assist you. This specialist has been instructed in home remodeling that helps individuals recover — and grow old — at home.


Amramp has the installation process down to a science with factory-trained professional wheelchair ramp installers, not temporary subcontractors. Amramp delivers and installs Amramp wheelchair ramps in as little as one day from each of its 45 locally owned and operated locations across the United States and Canada.


Amramp carries a selection of accessibility home essentials, including:


View the full selection of Amramp accessibility options at www.amramp.com, call 1-888-715-7598, or contact info@amramp.com.


A family medical crisis is overwhelming, but Amramp’s free home visit to evaluate your loved one’s needs and the free HaveHealth guide to managing the hospital stay can help reduce your stress and help you give your loved one the best care possible.


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Beth Suereth is the Founder and Managing Partner of HaveHealth. As a Certified Caregiving Consultant and End-of-Life Doula, she teaches family caregivers how to manage the hospital stay. Beth was previously the National Director of Marketing for BioScrip, a home infusion and home care company. Follow her on Twitter at @BethSuereth.







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