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Amramp Helps Prevent Falls and Injuries During Winter Months

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

 

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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

Call Amramp today to schedule a free on-site estimate

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

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

Call Amramp today to schedule a free on-site estimate

Please contact Amramp’s National Customer Service Center 888-715-7598

Amramp Awarded Training Grant for Workers

Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker recently announced $8.9 million in Workforce Training Grant funds to encourage economic growth in the state by allowing companies to invest in their workforce with additional training.

Amramp is proud to be among the 87 companies receiving grants to help train more than 7,500 workers across the state.

Amramp, the South Boston-based wheelchair ramp and accessibility company, was awarded $62,000 to train 37 workers at their headquarters. The training will include programs to increase efficiency of the manufacturing and shipping operations as well as programs to improve customer service, time and project management, sales, marketing and accounting skills. The courses will be given by the ManageAssist, Inc., a private licensed school based in New Jersey. Training is expected to begin later this year and continue until mid 2016. 

Amramp manufactures the modular wheelchair ramps at their West First Street location and distributes ramps, stair lifts, overhead patient lifts, vertical platform lifts and other accessibility products through their 45 franchise locations across the US and parts of Canada.

“We appreciate the support of the Baker-Polito Administration,” said Amramp President, Julian Gordon. “This grant will provide training for both manufacturing workers and office personnel. The training will improve the knowledge base of our workers and help to make Amramp more competitive.”

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.

For more information on Amramp, please visit our website www.amramp.com.

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Happy Thanksgiving from our Amramp Family to Yours

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Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving.

Amramp Salutes Veterans - Veterans' Day 2015

Amramp Salutes Veterans - Veterans' Day 2015 

When President Wilson first proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day he said, "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

Here at Amramp, we also wanted to express our gratitude to those who serve and have served our country and recognize their sacrifice with these images we have collected of each of the five branches of the military. All of us send our gratitude to those currently fighting overseas and to their families. Thank you for your service. 

 Amramp Salutes Air Force Veterans 2015 Veterans Day

Members of the Navy manning the rails

Members of the Coast Guard assisting during the earthquake in Haiti

Two marines mourning a fellow comrade

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Wheelchair ramps installed in days not weeks

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Amramp exhibits at the 2015 NWCDC Conference in Las Vegas

Amramp exhibits at record-breaking NWCDC 2015

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For 23 years the National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference (NWCDC) has provided the best training, top industry experts, first-class networking, and all the latest technologies and services. And this year promises to be the best one yet. The 24th annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference (NWCDC) is being held November 11-13, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, with record-breaking attendance making NWCDC the industry event of the year.  

 The keynote speech this year will be delivered by Dr. Arthur M. Southam of the Kaiser Family Foundation. He will be discussing the importance of providing quality healthcare and how that can mitigate costs of chronic health conditions and other factors affecting claimants.

NWCDC conference photo with speaker onstage addressing audience - source: wcconference.com

The conference portion of the event will be providing an unmatched education on topics such as:

  • How Nurse Case Managers Add Value to Workers’ Compensation Claims
  • Managing Risks and Claims in the Age of Legalized Marijuana
  • Risk Scenarios Live! Mending Physical Medicine Failures
  • Proven Workers’ Comp Claims Management Strategies That Get Results
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NWCDC is also home to the industry’s largest Expo in the nation and features more than 260 exhibitors featuring products and services to help you with your most challenging workers’ comp and disability management problems such as:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Reporting Software
  • Return-to-Work
  • Risk Management
  • Safety
  • Screening
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

Just in case this sounds like your typical conference, keep in mind that the first day of the event will be ending at Light Nightclub in Las Vegas for a night of food, drinks, and entertainment. 

Amramp is very excited to be participating at this years’ NWCDC conference. Amramp will be demonstrating all our latest products in the field of assistive technology, including:

The Amramp team representing our national network of expert installers looks forward to sharing its expertise with you. See you in Vegas!

For more on the National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference, explore the complete program on the NWCDC website.

 

Wheelchair ramps installed in days not weeks

Call Amramp today to schedule a free on-site estimate

Please contact Amramp’s National Customer Service Center 888-715-7598 

Amramp Goes to Wellesley!

The Amramp Boston team just completed installation of a temporary walkway at Wellesley College in that is almost 500 feet long!

The walkway will be used by students, staff and visitors to navigate a detour on the Wellesley, Massachusetts campus during renovations. The 48” wide walkway is ADA compliant and will also accommodate wheelchairs and bicycles.

The landscape architects directing this renovation were concerned about placing asphalt or other solid walkways over the beautiful trees along this route. The solid surfaces can block rain from reaching the roots which may cause the trees to die and change the appearance of this beautiful campus. Amramp’s open mesh surface will allow moisture to pass through to the tree roots and not upset the delicate balance of nature while providing a safe, sturdy walkway for students, staff and visitors.

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 Salutes Parents Who Rock Halloween

Amramp Salutes Parents Who Rock Halloween 

In honor of Halloween, Amramp wanted to share the admirable efforts of parents who have children with mobility concerns and the creative costumes they've made – the hit of every Halloween party. From rockers to princesses, every child gets to be exactly what he/she wanted to be, despite having to use a wheelchair. Get inspired and share your costumes with us!  

Amramp Salutes Parent Who Rock Halloween Award for Princess and the Pea Wheelchair Halloween Costume

Amramp Salutes Parent Who Rock Halloween Award for DJ Wheelchair Halloween Costume

Amramp Salutes Parent Who Rock Halloween Award for Mario Wheelchair Halloween Costume 

Amramp Salutes Parent Who Rock Halloween Award for Kiss Drummer Wheelchair Halloween Costume

Amramp Salutes Parent Who Rock Halloween Award for Mr. Rogers Wheelchair Halloween Costume

Amramp Salutes Parent Who Rock Halloween Award for Cinderella Wheelchair Halloween Costume 

Wheelchair ramps installed in days not weeks

Call Amramp today to schedule a free on-site estimate

Please contact Amramp’s National Customer Service Center 888-715-7598 

Amramp Provides Access at Jack Daniel's Invitational BBQ

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Last weekend, @JackDaniel’s_US held their 27th Annual World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, TN – the most prestigious barbecue contest in the world.

Amramp was there providing access with a wheelchair ramp rental for the trailer used as event headquarters. Jack Daniel’s has a lot of volunteers that help with this huge event. Many of them are retirees and they all used the ramp and greatly appreciated being able to get in and out of the trailer so easily this year. Jack Daniel's reached out to Dave Taylor, Amramp Eastern Tennessee to provide a solution for providing easy access to the trailer.

Congratulations to Grand Champion – Cool Smoke from Richmond, VA. They competed with sixty-eight championship teams from the US and 26 international teams from countries including Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Japan, Norway, Poland and South Africa in Lynchburg, TN.

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