Make your school’s graduation celebration accessible to students, friends and loved ones of all mobility levels
Graduation season is right around the corner, which means ceremonies and celebrations will be taking place for high school, college, and graduate school students coast-to-coast. Planners must consider not just graduates who may use a wheelchair or require assistance but also faculty and staff, family members, and friends. It's vital to ensure that your school’s event has the necessary components in place to make your venue accessible to all – especially aging or injured loved ones.
ADA-compliant graduation ceremony requires the following, according to this helpful checklist created by the Illinois ADA Project:
- Staff coordination and training – Make sure that staff members are fully informed and properly trained on how to provide assistance throughout the event, since failure in this area is the number one cause of problems and lawsuits.
- Invitations, promotional materials, and programs – Invitations and promotional materials need to take into account recipients with hearing, sight, and other communication issues, and should make clear what the accessibility options will be at the ceremony. It's also smart to include an accommodation-request form.
- Site selection – The right venue is clearly an essential step, and Amramp's rental modular ramps and lifts can help to convert any site into an ADA-compliant one.
- Auxiliary aids and services – A school must provide visual or aural aids and services for those with vision or hearing limitations.
- Service animals – Specially trained/designated animals are to be permitted in all public areas throughout the event.
- Auditorium seating – Try to integrate wheelchair seating throughout the auditorium so that families can sit together.
- Stage access – There should be no need for wheelchair-using students, faculty, administrators, and honored guests to have to speak or receive/bestow diplomas anywhere other than the stage. Amramp’s modular ramps make it easy for planners to accommodate their needs.
Amramp previously published an article listing additional steps to consider from a logistical and aesthetic standpoint when organizing a wheelchair-accessible graduation; these steps go beyond the basic ADA requirements to create an event that is streamlined, aesthetically pleasing, and memorable. Click the link above for Brett McKee of Amramp of California's useful tips.
It may seem like a lot, but with a little planning and consideration, you'll find these are easy modifications to make – especially with the help from friendly experts your nearby Amramp franchise, who will walk you through the process step-by-step. Everyone deserves to take part in a graduate's special day, and Amramp's modular ramps, lifts, and friendly service can convert any space, indoor or outdoor, into an accessible one.
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‘Enter a new season’ in eldercare with Amramp at the 2015 NAPGCM conference in Denver
The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) Annual Conference is in Denver, Colorado, from April 29th to May 2nd. Now in its 31st year, the 2015 NAPGCM conference has a springtime-appropriate slogan: "Entering a new season of clarity, unity, and opportunity." For the nearly 400 Aging Life Care Professionals who will be meeting this week, the focus will be on transitioning to "new seasons" personally, professionally, and as an industry.
Dr. Mark Holder and ways that attendees can challenge themselves to increase happiness in their own lives. But transitions can also bring pain and loss, and other event speakers will share ways to cope:
Conference and pre-conference continuing education (CE) contact hours can be earned for the National Association of Social Work, the California Board of Registered Nursing, the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM), and the Commission for Case Manager (CCM) Certification.
2015 NAPGCM conference topics include
- Blended Families in Later Life: Ethical Considerations for Geriatric Practitioners – how the typical "family unit" in America has changed over time and how medical professionals should approach these changes,
- Intimacy Concerns for Seniors With Dementia – common intimacy issues/situations for seniors with dementia and how to address them,
- Families: Should I Open the Door … or Run and Hide? The Care Manager’s Guide to Calm and Effective Family Work – how to convert stressful family interactions into meaningful ones as a family practitioner, and
- Signs and Symptoms That Client Finances are Off Track – how to identify warning signs and prevent undue influence and harm to elderly and disabled clients.
In addition to these and other educational sessions, conference attendees can take part in roundtables, networking receptions, mentoring programs, workshops, screenings, and more.
Amramp looks forward to exhibiting at the NAPGCM 2015 annual conference, demonstrating our latest products and advances in accessibility for eldercare and life transitions at all mobility levels. We hope to see you in Denver!
Water Ski Hall of Fame Welcomes the Class of 2015
Amramp Helps First Wheelchair User to Participate in the Event
Tampa, FL– The USA Water Ski Foundation Hall of Fame Selection Committee is proud to announce the newest water ski immortals to be enshrined among the greatest legends of the sport at the 2015 Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 18 at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, FL.
Each year, the USA Water Ski Foundation’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee assembles a ballot of deserving nominees across four categories – competitive water skiers, water skiing pioneers, water skiing officials and show skiing. The Hall of Fame class of 2015, the largest since 1983, will showcase four of the most illustrious careers in water skiing.
This year’s event holds special significance to one of the inductees. Bill Bowness will be the first disabled skier to enter the Hall of Fame - trailblazing the way for others to follow. The Hall of Fame event organizers turned to Debbie Vanlandingham, Amramp Tampa to set up the disabled ramp for the big event. Debbie was able to work with them and the Amramp corporate designers to design a ramp to provide full access for everyone during the event.
Amramp congratulates the 2015 Hall of Fame Class of inductees - Bill Bowness, Kim Laskoff, Jennifer Leachman Lapoint and Jeff Rodgers; Award of Distinction Recipients Hal Hamilton, Frank Harrison, Michael Morgan, Chet Raley and Gary Warren. The 2015 Hall of Fame Special Lifetime Tribute will honor the life of Howard “Bo” Callaway.
Come support the incredible Hall of Fame Class of 2015!!
The FULL ACCESS Student Summit was held in Atlanta, GA on April 10-11.
According to COSD (Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities) Executive Director, Alan Muir, this Student Summit themed "Full Access," is destined to give students with disabilities “full access” to the corporate ranks. Additional information and resources are available throughout the website, so please review all information and submit your application to attend.
The event organizers turned to Joanne Bradley and her Amramp Atlanta team to provide a wheelchair ramp to provide accessibility to the stage for all participants.
This exclusive event brings together up to sixty college students or recent alumni with disabilities and ten select national and regional employers for a networking and education summit. While FULL ACCESS is not a job fair, it is an opportunity for all participants to develop intentional relationships between students with disabilities and employers that support disability inclusive diversity.
The sponsors included AT&T, Delta Air Lines, Disney, Ernst & Young, General Electric, KPMG, Lowe’s, McKesson, Northrop Grumman, PWC, Texas Instruments, and more.
Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters and members of the Mayor's Advisory Council on Community Accessibility (MACCA) highlighted Disability Awareness Month by participating in a “Downtown Roll Around” in Huntington on March 31st. During the Roll Around, Amramp Huntington provided a wheelchair ramp for participants to test.
Amramp allows for families and businesses to rent or purchase an ADA compliant, low cost, modular wheelchair ramp solutions. The unique, perforated steel mesh ramp surface has an open pattern, allowing moisture to drain, reducing the possibility of a slippery ice surface or mold build-up. Amramp ramp systems are safe, sturdy and durable, can be moved and reconfigured, are environmentally friendly, and are Recyclable, Reusable and Rentable.
Amramp offers free business and home evaluations. Solutions for each client’s needs are available in days, not weeks or months, and most installations take less than a day. Amramp Huntington, a division of Pathfinder Services, Inc., specializes in modular wheelchair ramps, threshold ramps, grab bars and other accessibility products, providing accessibility solutions for clients in Northeast Indiana.
“Our ramp systems provide easy access to homes, businesses, stages, athletic fields, churches and more,” stated Loretta Mottram, Senior Director of Business Development. “Our steel modular ramps are made in the USA from 100% recycled and recyclable steel, can be purchased or rented and most ramps can be installed in a matter of hours.”
For more information and for pricing on Amramp ramps please call Amramp at (260) 519-0101, e-mail email@example.com or visit http://www.amramp.com/huntington-indiana
About Amramp Huntington
Amramp Huntington, a division of Pathfinder Services, Inc., allows for organizations, families and businesses to rent or purchase an ADA compliant, low cost, modular wheelchair ramp, featuring a patented non-slip ramp surface. The unique, perforated steel mesh ramp surface has an open pattern, allowing moisture to drain, reducing the possibility of a slippery ice surface or mold build-up. Amramp offers free home evaluations and meets with each client to custom design the ramp. Ramps are available in days, not weeks or months, and most installations take less than a day. For a free evaluation for your special event or for more information on Amramp please call 260-519-0101 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pathfinder Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit comprehensive human and community development organization headquartered in Huntington, where it was founded in 1966. In addition to Huntington County, Pathfinder Services also serves individuals and families in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Miami, Noble, St. Joe, Starke, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley Counties. Additional information about Pathfinder Services can be found at www.pathfinderservices.org
The annual Intercompany Long Term Care Insurance Conference (@ILTCI) will soon be celebrating its 15th year March 22nd-25th at the Broadmoor in mountainous Colorado Springs, Colorado. Amramp looks forward to joining in the discussion and learning new information at the premier conference in the Long Term Care Insurance Industry. This year, more than 1,000 attendees are expected to attend, including agency professionals, care providers, organizations and associations, as well as family caregivers.
The conference schedule aims to “provide a collaborative, professional, and educational exchange where long term care (LTC) issues can be addressed in new and meaningful ways.” Another highlight: plenty of opportunities to meet and network with leaders in the insurance and technology field. The Long Term Care industry is constantly evolving, and a conference like ILTCI provides a meeting of minds where new ideas and solutions can flourish. As the largest generation of Americans – the Baby Boomers – settle into retirement, Long Term Care is going to play a huge part in their lives in the years and decades to come.
Highly anticipated keynote speaker Captain Mark Kelly will share his moving story about navigating Long Term Care following a disabling family event; his titles have included astronaut, retired Navy Captain, naval aviator, and bestselling author and prostate cancer survivor.
The conference will also host 50 learning sessions in eight educational tracks including:
- Alternative Solutions
- Claims & Underwriting
- Combination Products
- Finance, Management & Operations
- Legal, Compliance & Regulatory
- Sales, Distribution & Technology
In addition to these classes, the conference will also offer optional CLTC (Corporation for Long Term Care) certification courses, such as a discounted-rate “Master Class” and an “Advanced Sales & Marketing Program” with practice-enhancing selling concepts and marketing innovations. In addition, attendees may opt to take a SOA (Society of Actuaries) Professionalism Course and a 3-hour session from the Alzheimer’s Association about awareness, research, and disease management.
Amramp is thrilled to be one of more than 90 Long Term Care industry vendors exhibiting at the 2015 ILTCI Conference’s first-ever exhibit hall. We look forward to meaningful discussions, learning about the latest in the Long Term Care industry, and sharing about our accessibility products with experienced professionals in the field.
For people who require long-term care, Amramp’s products and services can be the difference between staying in their homes safely and being institutionalized. Individuals of all ages and mobility levels choose Amramp’s patented fireproof modular ramps, which can be modified to fit any job including homes, businesses, indoor, outdoor, and for short-term rent or for purchase, depending on the client’s time frame. Owner-operated franchise partners are located across the U.S. and Canada providing fast, friendly quotes and expert installations.
Stop by Booth #75 to say hello and learn about Amramp's full line of accessibility solutions including wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, vertical platform lifts, threshold and transition ramps, portable ramps, portable showers, pool lifts and more.
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Amramp Huntington will be donating a ramp to the 6th
annual Abilities Abound
event hosted by the Northeast Indiana Disability Advocacy Coalition (NIDAC), on Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Courtyard Marriott ballroom in downtown Fort Wayne. The Abilities Abound event, which won the 2012 Community Spirit Award given by the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, raises awareness of the accomplishments of people with disabilities. The ramp will ensure that the event is accessible to all who attend.
“Amramp specializes in providing accessibility solutions for special events and residential purposes throughout Indiana and we are very proud to support Abilities Abound by providing the ramp,” stated Loretta Mottram, Sr. Director of Business Development for Amramp Huntington. “Whether you need a ramp for weddings, graduations, voting booths or other special events, Amramp has cost effective and timely solutions for those needs.”
The program features Keynote speaker, Melissa Stockwell, the first female amputee in the Iraq War and U.S. Paralympian 3‐Time World Champion. Ms.Stockwell has been featured in Sports Illustrated, People, The Chicago Tribune and a Triathlon Magazine cover story as well as the documentary ‘From Baghdad to Beijing’ which chronicled her journey as a wounded warrior from the roads of Baghdad to the Paralympics Games. The program also includes the Business of the Year award which honors an area company that hires individuals with disabilities, fosters a supportive culture and has accessible facilities. In addition, winners of the elementary, middle and high school Abilities Abound essay contest will be introduced.
Registration is open for Abilities Abound. Event tickets are advance purchase only and available at www.AbilitiesAbound.org.
About Amramp Huntington
Amramp Huntington, a division of Pathfinder Services, Inc., allows for organizations, like those who make up the Northeast Indiana Disability Advocacy Coalition, families and businesses to rent or purchase an ADA compliant, low cost, modular ramp, featuring a patented non-slip ramp surface. The unique, perforated steel mesh ramp surface has an open pattern, allowing moisture to drain, reducing the possibility of a slippery ice surface or mold build-up. Amramp offers free home evaluations and meets with each client to custom design the ramp. Ramps are available in days, not weeks or months, and most installations take less than a day. For a free evaluation for your special event or for more information on Amramp please call 260-519-0101 or e-mail to email@example.com.
Pathfinder Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit comprehensive human and community development organization headquartered in Huntington, where it was founded in 1966. In addition to Huntington County, Pathfinder Services also serves individuals and families in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Miami, Noble, St. Joe, Starke, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley Counties. Additional information about Pathfinder Services can be found at www.pathfinderservices.org.
The Northeast Indiana Disability Advocacy Coalition (NEIDAC) is a consortium of disability organizations whose mission is to be a common voice and to advocate for equal opportunities on behalf of the disability community.
NEIDAC member organizations include:
• Aging and In Home Services • Audiences Unlimited • Autism Society of Indiana • AWS Foundation • Byron Health Care • Camp PossAbility • Children’s Autism Center • Community Transportation Network • Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana (DSANI) • Easter Seals ARC • Fifth Freedom • ICAN • InSource • League for the Blind and Disabled • Mental Health America in Allen County • Passages • Pathfinder Services • Turnstone
The Hollywood Theater in Portland, OR turned to Dave Yoast of Amramp Portland, OR earlier this month to provide a wheelchair ramp for their presentation of Oregon filmmaker Homer Groening’s short films. The presentation is part of a four-part series titled Mid Century Oregon Genius presented by the Oregon Cartoon Institute and celebrating the artistic contributions of several Oregonians who made their film debuts in the 1960’s.
Homer Groening is the father of Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons. The presentation is curated by the Groening family and never before shared with the public in this way.
Filmmaker Bill Plympton introduced Groening’s shorts and there was a post-program discussion moderated by Lisa Groening and featuring panelists Tom Shrader, a professional colleague of Homer Groening; Ted Mahar, a friend of Homer Groening; and Plympton.
Amramp made it possible for all the presenters to have access to the stage for the post-program discussions.
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Pathfinder Services is pleased to announce the receipt of a $12,000 grant from the Huntington County Community Foundation which will be used to purchase four additional Amramp modular ramps to provide accessibility and independence for those in need in Huntington County. Michael Howell, Executive Director of the Huntington County Community Foundation, presented the $12,000 award to Loretta Mottram, Senior Director of Business Development on December 15th.
Amramp of Northeast Indiana is a division of Pathfinder Services located in Huntington, Indiana. Amramp has a long history of building and installing wheelchair ramps and accessibility products for people struggling with accessibility barriers and is in business to help people improve their quality of life, maintain their independence and preserve their dignity.
“We are very appreciative of the Huntington County Community Foundation and their generous donation to our Amramp Social Mission,” stated Mottram. “We value our continued partnership with the Foundation and all that they do for the community through their mission of improving the lives of Huntington County residents.”
Amramp allows for families and businesses to rent or purchase an ADA compliant, low cost, modular ramp, featuring an open mesh ramp surface. The unique, perforated steel mesh ramp surface has an open pattern, allowing moisture to drain, reducing the possibility of a slippery ice surface or mold build-up.
Amramp ramp systems are safe, sturdy and durable, can be moved and reconfigured, are environmentally friendly, and are Recyclable, Reusable, and Rentable. Amramp offers free business and home evaluations. Ramps are available in days, not weeks, and most installations take less than a day. Additional information can be found at www.amramp.com/huntington-indiana
Pathfinder Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit comprehensive human and community development organization headquartered in Huntington, where it was founded in 1966. In addition to Huntington County, Pathfinder Services also serves individuals and families in Adams, Allen, Dekalb, Elkhart, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Miami, Noble, St. Joe, Starke, Stueben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley Counties. Additional information about Pathfinder Services can be found at www.pathfinderservices.org
A few weeks ago, Dave Taylor and Tim Rash of Amramp Eastern Tennessee received a call to remove a wheelchair ramp they had installed for a short-term rental in the Knoxville, TN area. When they were removing the ramp, they were asked if they could go next door to evaluate the home of their mother, who was 88 and was having trouble navigating the steps in her garage. Of course they did so, and had the pleasure of meeting one of the nicest people you could ever meet.
When discussing the potential wheelchair ramp with her daughters later that week, one of them sent Dave and Tim a note:
“For the record, my 88 year old mother still believes in Santa. So, I am sure you will not disappoint her and help me get this in by Christmas.”
The family came together to purchase the ramp, which was installed yesterday in her garage. She is extremely happy with the ramp, and particularly likes the sturdy handrails, as she uses a cane to get around. Now she will be able to enjoy the Christmas holiday with her family. All installations are very rewarding; this one, however, is right up at the top for Dave and Tim!