Wheelchair Ramps: Amramp Provides Access in any Situation

Amramp partners with Texas Boy Scout to make camp cabin accessible

Posted on Fri, May 13, 2016

When future Eagle Scout Joshua Price needed a service project, he decided to make a difference for his troop leader’s daughter, who uses a wheelchair. Her mother, a local camp director, and father would carry her in and out of the cabins, which were not handicap accessible. Seeking an Eagle Scout project that would help not only those he knew but also other campers with mobility issues, 17-year-old Joshua set out to change that.

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A group of Boy Scouts in Fort Worth Texas work to install a wheelchair ramp. 

 

His project took two years of planning, stymied by “not being very good at measuring things,” Joshua explained. Another Scout mom, Renee Herman, had experience in construction management and social media. With Renee’s help, he kicked off his fundraising efforts on social media. After seeing a Tweet about the Eagle Scout project, Amramp President Julian Gordon wanted to help, too.

 

“I got my Eagle done faster than I ever expected, which is ironic because it was a day I had dreaded for so long, because of the measurements,” Joshua, below, shared.joshu_amramp_eagle_scout.jpg

 

“We worked with Joshua to get him the correct configuration and materials he needed to make the project ADA-compliant and safe,” said Leslie Morgan of Amramp of Dallas Fort Worth and Northern Texas.

 

On Saturday, February 27, 2016, close to 40 individuals arrived at Broadway Baptist Church campground on Eagle Mountain Lake in Fort Worth, Texas, to help install the wheelchair ramp.

 

Wheelchair ramp pro installers Scott Hilleger, Kenny Dykes, Ryan Morgan, and Leslie Morgan of Amramp of Dallas Fort Worth and Northern Texas were only able to provide behind-the-scenes assistance. The DFW Amramp team of expert installers was given the task of taking pictures, since the Eagle project requires the candidate to be fully in charge. 

 

But the Amramp team made sure Joshua was well-prepared. “Prior to the installation, we sent Joshua installation videos and installer and end-user checklists as guides,” Leslie said.

 

The ADA-compliant ramp handles an elevation of 14 inches and includes a 5'x5' platform, an 8-foot-section, a 4-foot-section, a bottom plate, a top plate, full rails, loops, a gate and a step.

 

“Leslie was awesome: Supportive and there to advise the whole time,” Joshua said. “She showed us how to unload and set pieces on the ground so they didn’t get muddy. The Amramp pros showed us how to assemble one of the platforms so we could do the rest by ourselves.”amramp_dallas_eagle_scout_2.jpg

 

“It would have taken far longer without them there … a multiday project,” Joshua shares. The end result was a safe and high-quality ramp that was properly installed. "We had so much help, the Scouts were able to work on other projects around the camp, like cementing signposts and cleaning out a fire pit that hadn’t been cleaned in years,” Joshua said.

 

“For the first time, those with mobility concerns will be able to enjoy the campground. And the Camp Director and Troop Leader’s 21-year-old daughter won’t have to be carried into a cabin ever again,” Leslie said.

 

“What I love about Amramp is being able to make such a big difference in people’s lives – freedom to go where you want, retaining one’s dignity and independence – most people don’t often think about these things until their mobility is compromised.” Leslie shares.

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The finished ramp, installed alongside the camp cabin. 

 

 

“It’s especially meaningful,” Leslie continued, “to be able to work with a teen like Joshua, who not only helped so many people who need it but also for taking on a big challenge and leading it smoothly.”

 

Joshua’s Eagle Scout ceremony is set for June 4th.

 

Wheelchair manufacturer and installer Amramp offers innovative accessibility products, including the ADA –compliant, patented modular ramp system. On-site estimates are free and installation is generally within days, often within 24 hours.

 

For more about Amramp’s wheelchair ramp and aging-in-place products and services, or free on-site estimates, please contact Amramp’s National Customer Service Center at 888-715-7598.

 

 

Increasing mobility everywhere — Scout’s honor

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Amramp at NY Metro Abilities Expo - April 29 - May 1

Posted on Thu, Apr 28, 2016

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Amramp will be at the New York Metro Abilities Expo on April 29 - May 1, 2016 at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center, where we would like to introduce you to all the great things we have to offer! This is the biggest Abilities Expo ever, so you can also look forward to the latest products and services, information-packed workshops and fun activities for the whole family. Don’t miss THE leading event for people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals.

 

There is no charge for admission so come and see:

 

Don't keep it to yourself! Bring your family. Tell your friends. With all of its life-enhancing possibilities, this event is a must-attend for anyone in the Community.

Visit www.abilities.com/newyork as often as possible to check out new show features. Or start the conversation now on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for their monthly e-newsletter.

 

Abilities Expo New York Metro will be here before you know it so mark your calendar now, Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1 at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center. Stop by and visit the Amramp Team at Booth 135 to learn more about how Amramp makes your life accessible with our wheelchair ramps, stairlifts, vertical platform lifts and other accessibility products. Click here for directions and parking.

 

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Wheelchair ramps – RENT or Buy | Lifts | Home Modifications | And more!

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Amramp exhibits at the 2016 AOTA Conference in Chicago

Posted on Wed, Apr 06, 2016

Amramp exhibits at the 2016 AOTA Conference

 

 

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American Occupational Therapy Association Keynote speakers are Boston Marathon bombing amputees Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downs. Image courtesy of Boston Colege Strong Scholarship.

 

 

Amramp exhibits at the 2016 AOTA Conference in Chicago

 

The American Occupational Therapy Association is gearing up to host its 2016 Annual Conference & Expo for more than 10,000 occupational therapy practitioners and students at Chicago’s McCormick Place from April 7 – 10. Participants will learn to apply evidence to practice and feel empowered in the field.

 

In addition to quality networking opportunities, conference highlights include:

 

 

Conference attendees will also have the chance to earn up to 24 Continuing Education Contact Hours by tracking the educational sessions they attend and downloading their continuing education letter at the end of the conference.

 

For a full breakdown of conference sessions, speaker information, expo happenings, and more, visit the AOTA conference website.

 

More than 350 exhibitors will feature innovative OT-related products and services in the AOTA conference expo hall. Amramp is pleased to be among these exhibitors and to have the opportunity to introduce attendees to our latest offerings in accessibility. The 2016 AOTA conference is shaping up to be a massive, highly informative event and networking opportunity. We hope to see you in Chicago!

 

 

Occupational therapy is about empowerment and healthy living

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ACMA Conference invites Amramp to exhibit in 2016

Posted on Mon, Mar 28, 2016

ACMA Conference invites Amramp to exhibit in 2016

 

The American Case Management Association will host its 23rd Annual Case Management Conference, drawing 1,500 case management and care professionals to the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina from April 2 to April 6, 2016. Attendees will learn from one another and practice handling challenging situations in realistic simulations.

 

The conference will feature unique learning opportunities, such as:

 

 

Additionally, attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 31.2 hours of Continuing Education (CE) credits. CE opportunities are intended for RN, SN, MD, and other health care professionals.

 

For a full schedule of all conference sessions, speaking and exhibitor information, and more, visit the ACMA conference website.

 

The exhibit hall will feature more than 130 of the breakthrough products and services of interest to the case management community. Amramp is pleased to be participating as an ACMA conference exhibitor, introducing attendees to our installed accessibility solutions. The 2016 ACMA conference promises to be an exciting, informative, and hands-on event, and we look forward to seeing you in Tampa!

 

Case management is tricky, because being a patient shouldn’t be

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Ampramp exhibits at the 2016 ASA Conference in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Thu, Mar 17, 2016

Aging in America conference welcomes Ampramp's installed accessibility products

 

Screen_Shot_2016-03-17_at_8.56.24_AM.pngThe American Society on Aging is set to host its annual conference for 3,000 attendees on March 20 – March 24, 2016, at the Marriot Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham hotels.

 

The event will cover issues of aging, as well as quality of life for older adults, for attendees in the aging, health care, and education fields.

 

The conference will include key sessions and learning opportunities, such as:

 

The ASA Leadership Institute, an intensive leadership development program meant to prepare the next wave of leaders in the field of aging, will also be offered.

For a full schedule of all conference sessions, speaking and exhibitor information, and more, visit the ASA conference website.

 

The exhibit hall will feature the latest in innovative products and services specifically for the aging population in America. Amramp is thrilled to be participating as exhibitor at the ASA conference, showcasing our very latest accessibility offerings. The 2016 ASA conference is shaping up to be a game-changer for individuals with an interest in the elderly population, and we hope to see you in D.C.

 

Our elderly shouldn’t be treated differently: They should be treated accordingly

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Amramp exhibits at the 2016 ILTCI Conference in San Antonio

Posted on Fri, Mar 04, 2016

 

The Intercompany Long Term Care Insurance Conference Association (ILTCI) will host its 16th annual conference for nearly a thousand business professionals at the Grand Hyatt Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, from March 13 – March 16, 2016. The conference will focus on “Transforming the Options and Refining the Risk” in long-term care. Participants from insurance companies, health care facilities, financial organizations, and regulatory communities will network in this interactive environment.

 

ILTCI conference highlights include

 

Educational opportunities will also be provided at the conference. A 2-day CLTC Master Class will be offered for attendees who are interested in pursuing their “Certified in Long-Term Care” (CLTC) designation. There will also be an Actuarial Professionalism Course to include the Code of Conduct, Standards of Practice, and other guiding principals of LTC.

 

For a complete listing of all conference sessions, speaking and exhibitor information, schedule and more, visit the ILTCI Conference website.

 

Amramp is delighted to exhibit at the ILTCI conference, where we’ll showcase our latest Aging-in-Place products and advances in accessibility. The event promises to bring movers and shakers in the industry together, and we hope to see you in San Antonio!

 

 

 

Long-term care insurance should offer peace of mind — period

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Amramp Installs 50 ft. Ramp in Hours

Posted on Fri, Feb 26, 2016

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Amramp Dallas/Fort Worth installed a temporary 50 foot ramp less than 24 hours after approval to help a construction company addressing an emergency sewer problem in a Texas residential area. Families in four homes could not get into the street or cross the street due to two 18" pipes blocking their passage. The construction company called Leslie Morgan, Amramp Dallas/Fort Worth and Leslie had a ramp solution installed in less than 24 hours! The construction company and the residents are very happy with how fast Amramp was able to install the ramp, and the professionalism of the entire Amramp sales and installation team.

 

The Amramp modular design allows us to provide emergency access like this with a custom ramp and walkway design and quick installation turnaround. The Amramp ramp walkway provides safe pedestrian access for the residents during the construction and can be easily removed when the issue has been repaired.

 

The Amramp system is made in South Boston, Massachusetts from recycled and 100% recyclable steel and is cost effective, energy efficient and attractive. When the walkway is no longer needed, it will be disassembled and returned to inventory to be re-used somewhere else rather than ending up in a landfill.

 

Amramp installs wheelchair ramps and other accessibility products throughout the US and parts of Canada at residential homes, businesses, schools and institutions.

 

Amramp is the leading company in the United States specializing in modular steel wheelchair ramps, offering sturdy, customizable ramps for disability access that enable the aging and disabled population to remain in their homes with independence and mobility.

Ramps can be installed temporarily for short or long term needs. They are not a permanent modification and do not require footings so they can be installed in almost any type of weather.

 

Amramp products comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are available for sale or rental with no minimum time frame and no ramp size restrictions.

 

Amramp also installs stair lifts, vertical platform lifts, overhead patient lifts and other accessibility products. Visit www.amramp.com to find out more about Amramp.

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Amramp Helps Prevent Falls and Injuries During Winter Months

Posted on Thu, Jan 14, 2016

Jason Vandevander and the Amramp West Virginia team installed this wheelchair ramp during a light snow storm in Mill Creek, WV.

Even light storms like this can make stairs and pathways icy, slippery and dangerous.

Imagine trying to lift someone in a wheelchair up several steps covered in snow and ice. It’s dangerous for both the person in the wheelchair and whoever is lifting the chair.

A ramp provides a safe pathway in or out of a house and prevents falls and injuries for someone who uses a wheelchair, cane or walker or who is just unsteady on their feet.

The ramp provides safe and easy access to the outside world. People using wheelchairs or who struggle with stairs don’t want to be stuck in the house for two or three months during the winter because they can’t navigate the stairs at their front door. A ramp gives them an opportunity to connect with friends and family, enjoy community activities, go shopping, etc. It makes getting to medical appointments much easier.

Amramp wheelchair ramps can be RENTED, even just for the winter to provide a safe, non-slip surface with safety railings.  

The Amramp wheelchair ramp with its unique open mesh surface lets snow and moisture pass through, preventing dangerous ice film. Aluminum, wood and concrete ramps have solid surface which allow snow and moisture to accumulate.

Amramp is the leading company in the United States specializing in modular steel wheelchair ramps, offering sturdy, customizable ramps for disability access that enable the aging and disabled population to remain in their homes with independence and mobility.  Ramps can be installed temporarily for short or long term needs without damaging the housing structure as they are not a permanent modification to the home. Amramp products comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are available for sale or rental with no minimum time frame and no ramp size restrictions. 

Amramp provides an array of aging-in-place products and services such as stair lifts, vertical platform lifts, overhead lifts, portable showers, pool lifts and more across the US and parts of Canada.

For more about Amramp’s wheelchair ramp and aging-in-place products and services, or free on-site estimates, please visit our website at www.amramp.com or contact Amramp’s National Customer Service Center at 888-715-7598.

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Amramp of Connecticut brightens teens’ holiday spirits

Posted on Mon, Jan 11, 2016

 

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Amramp ramps bring the gift of easy mobility to two needy Connecticut teens

16 year-old Jonathan Gionfriddo of Stafford Springs, Connecticut was born with a rare skin disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa; as a result, he is wheelchair-bound with a life expectancy of only 20-30 years. Each day is a struggle for him to navigate successfully.

Bob Danek of Connecticut/Eastern New York Amramp first became aware of Jonathan's situation while driving to work one day, when a local radio station program was raiding money to purchase a ramp for the boy’s home. When Bob heard that, he knew he had the perfect opportunity to provide help -- it was the same spirit of giving that recently moved Doug Draeger of Amramp Western Michigan to provide a ramp for India Williams.

Bob first got in touch with the radio station, then Jonathan's mother, then the fundraiser organizer, and finally the construction company spearheading the build of a deck and wooden ramp on the trailer where Jonathan lives. Because Jonathan's home is a rental, the landlord wanted as few modifications to the structure as possible. Bob described the Amramp alternative: a modular, steel weatherproof ramp that could be installed and removed within hours. Once the contractors, Garsan Construction, heard that there are no building permits required for Amramp ramps and that no concrete pouring would be necessary, they were immediately on board with Bob's idea.

Bob went for a site visit on a Saturday in mid-December to take measurements and returned the next day to install the ramp: a perfect Christmas present for Jonathan, who is thrilled with his brand-new deck and Amramp ramp to get him through snowy New England winters.

"He tried out the ramp with a big smile on his face, going up and down easily," says Bob.

Jonathan wasn't the only one to enjoy a brand new ramp from Amramp CT/Eastern NY; although Bob only started with Amramp in September, he has already had a successful season and an excellent response in the local market.

Shortly after Jonathan's installation, he went to perform a site inspection at the home of a girl named Mallory, a teen who became paralyzed a year prior when she was thrown from a horse. Mallory's family could not afford a ramp, but a friend decided to loan Mallory a section her own Amramp ramp to use. Bob saw that removing that piece would compromise the original ramp, and thought, "This won't do."

He provided a small ramp to Mallory and her family that fits perfectly in their garage. Mallory is ecstatic and has messaged Bob multiple times to let him know how much she loves her new ramp.

Amramp is proud of our franchisees for giving back to local communities!

Your home should be welcoming you, not worrying you

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8-year-old shooting victim receives Amramp ramp for Christmas

Posted on Mon, Jan 11, 2016

Amramp of Western Michigan makes paralyzed 8 year-old Detroitian's life a little easier this winter

Detroit, Michigan, is still trying to recover from the economic crash in 2008, continuing to be plagued by crime and unemployment many years later. In September of 2014, a 7 year-old girl named India Williams was playing on her bicycle on the Detroit street where she lives, when she was hit by a stray bullet from a shootout between two cars. The bullet severed her spinal cord and, as a result, she became paralyzed and needed a wheelchair.

Doug Draeger of Amramp Western Michigan learned of India's plight when he was contacted by the Detroit Fire Department, which along with local police have taken India under their wing in the year following her accident. They make regular visits to the house to check on her, take her on fun outings, and help out in various ways. The firefighters had organized a GoFundMe drive to raise money for a wheelchair ramp for India after her mother, Clinqute Williams, sprained her ankle and they saw her struggling to carry her daughter out the door for their outings.

Lt. Arnie Nowicki called Doug to find out how much it would cost to install a ramp at India's home for the GoFundMe page. Doug, compelled by the girl's story and inspired by the fire department's generosity and dedication, decided to install the ramp at no cost – just in time for Christmas.

"I know the firefighters in Detroit have a tough job; probably moreso than any other city in America," says Doug. "Houses get burned down there every day. On the street where India lives, half of the houses have been ransacked and are boarded up. It's tough to imagine a kid growing up there in a wheelchair. We wanted to make her and her mother's lives easier and also to thank the fire department for all that they do."

Amramp Wheelchair ramp for 8 year old girl caught in cross fire while riding her bike near her house

Amramp of Western Michigan installed the ramp on December 17th; Doug notes that although it was a small ramp installation, the lot where the house is situated is small and on the corner with a drastic slope to the ground, but his team was able to navigate the layout challenges successfully. The ramp will be in place for as long as India lives in the house, and Amramp’s patented steel mesh design is sure to withstand harsh Michigan winter precipitation, letting snow & ice drip through.

So far, all of the feedback that Doug has received has been extremely positive, and India loves her new ramp. Apparently, Lt. Nowicki jokingly warned her, "Now, it's not a ramp to pull wheelies on."

India's smiling response: "Why not?"

 

Your home should be welcoming you, not worrying you

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