Wheelchair Ramps: Amramp Provides Access in any Situation

Historic Friary in Edmonton Now Barrier-Free Thanks to Amramp

Posted on Thu, Sep 15, 2016

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Amramp Alberta Canada Provides Barrier Free Access to Historic Friary

Lorne Wensel and #Amramp Alberta has just completed a 107-foot #barrierfreeaccessramp on the historic #St.FrancisofAssisi Facility. This was the original friary for the Franciscan Order in #Edmonton. The historic 1925 building features Gothic-arched windows on the ground floor and a metal cornice around the roof line. 

 

The building has been renovated and re-purposed by the John Bosco Child and Family Services Foundation. The foundation provides suitable facilities for not-for-profit organizations, assisting them in providing human services to individuals and families, whom -- through no fault of their own -- are struggling with many challenges.

 

The building now has a barrier-free access ramp and will also have a new interior elevator. Once all the renovations and upgrades are completed, not-for-profit organizations will be using it for office space.

 

Amramp Alberta was proud to work on this historic Alberta structure and honors the foundation's  support to the Edmondton community and beyond.

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2016 Summer Paralympic Games Begin in Rio

Posted on Fri, Sep 09, 2016

The 2016 Summer Paralympic Games started in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 7 and will run through September 18. The games feature 4,300 athletes from 161 nations and a team comprised of refugee athletes. Here’s an inspiring story about an interesting family with two of those athletes.

Celebrating 26 Years of Americans with Disabilities Act

Posted on Tue, Jul 26, 2016

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#Amramp celebrates the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. #ADA26
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Amramp Los Angeles Name Aqua Creek Dealer of the Month for July

Posted on Thu, Jul 07, 2016

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Amramp Los Angeles was named Dealer of the Month for July 2016 by Aqua Creek Products, a leading provider of pool lifts for residential and commercial pool and spa access. 

 

After working in the cable television industry for 25 years, Brett McKee, owner of Amramp Los Angeles, was inspired to switch careers when a family member became ill. After building a wheelchair ramp for his father-in-law, Brett realized this was an opportunity to help others. Brett purchased an Amramp franchise in May 2007 to help him reach more people and supply them with solutions for their accessibility needs. Brett provides pool lifts, wheelchair ramps and other accessibility products throughout the California area at residential homes, businesses, schools and institutions. His sons, Brendan and Patrick service the Northern California area and Brett handles Southern California.

 

When the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for commercial pool and spa access came out, it presented Brett with an extraordinary opportunity to provide more accessibility by offering pool lifts for homes, hotels and commercial facilities.

 

Brett used his experience and the knowledge of his other Amramp franchise partners along with the expertise of the Aqua Creek family. He quickly became proficient at determining the right lift for each project and the proper installation process. Brett is currently working with a hotel chain in California to install 12 pool lifts this summer.

 

In their announcement, Aqua Creek notes, “Brett maintains a high level of quality, making sure Aqua Creek lifts were installed properly to meet any local code requirements. Brett’s professionalism carries over to his residential services. He provides his customers with exception support through his breadth of knowledge and his capacity for caring. If you are looking for a quality company in the State of California that genuinely cares about your access needs, call Amramp of Los Angeles today!”

 

Aqua Creek Products, based in Missoula, MT, has been manufacturing high quality aquatic access equipment since 2002.

 

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 also installs Vertical Platform Lifts which are used where the length of a ramp might be impractical.  Portable wheelchair showers are used when a client cannot utilize the shower or tub facility and does not want to remodel the bathroom. 

 

See www.amramp.com/laoc and www.amramp.com/norcal.

Inspiring athletes: The compelling stories of three Paralympians in wheelchairs

Posted on Wed, Jun 22, 2016

Three inspiring Rio 2016 Paralympians in wheelchairs

 

The 2016 Paralympic Games will be hosted in Rio, Brazil from September 7-18. The games will include 23 different sports with a total of 528 events, and athletes who will be representing 176 countries. Here are some of the most inspiring American Paralympic athletes in wheelchairs who have competed through the years, and are looking to win big in 2016.

 

Tatyana McFadden, an eight-time world champion sprint athlete from the U.S., is looking to sweep all seven distances when she competes at the Rio games. She has previously participated in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Beijing, and London and is fresh off a fourth place title at the 2016 Boston Marattatyanna_mcfadden.jpghon

 

McFadden was born in Russia with spina bifida, which paralyzed her form the waist down. While growing up in an orphanage in Saint Petersburg, she would walk around on her hands because she did not have access to a wheelchair. It was not until she was adopted at age 6 and brought to her hometown of Clarksville, Maryland that she first got into a wheelchair, and sports followed not long after. As a child, McFadden enjoyed wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, swimming, gymnastics and track & field. In 2004, McFadden competed in her first Paralympic Games, where she won silver and a bronze medal in track & field.

 

Since then, she has competed in every summer Paralympic games and has become a 10-time Paralympic medalist. If successful in her plan for the Rio games, she would be the first athlete to win all seven distances. "I've put in the hard work, the training and the time, so I would love to be on the top of the podium in each race," McFadden said in an article for Inside the Games.

 

Heroes desire to be known as athletes

Jared Arambula, 26, will be competing in his first-ever Paralympic Games. Two-time gold medalist at the Junior arambula_jared_120x187.jpgParalympics, Arambula will be competing on the U.S. wheelchair basketball team. Born with spina bifida, Arambula has used a wheelchair his entire life. Early on, he enjoyed wheelchair softball, but fell in love with wheelchair basketball at the young age of 6. He played on the wheelchair basketball team at his alma mater, University of Alabama, and rose to become a co-captain his senior year. As co-captain, Arambula brought the team to the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, where the team won first place and Arambula was awarded the Performance Award, which he had received twice previously.

 

Before becoming a member of the Rio 2016 team, Arambula was playing with the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks, the NWBA 2014-2015 Division Champions. In an article for News Sentinel about his journey to the Paralympics, Arambula's old coach described him as a, "natural player," and a, "role model," with strong, "desire and ambitions." Arambula has quickly risen to iconic status in the sport, but remains humble. "It's cool for people to see us as heroes," Arambula said in an article for News Sentinel. "But someday I want to get to the point where they see us as athletes."

 

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Since its debut at the Barcelona Paralympic Games in 1992, Wheelchair Tennis has gained outstanding popularity both nationally and internationally. This year, the top medalist from previous games is on the U.S. Team. David Wagner has earned three gold medals, two silver, and one bronze. He is currently ranked number one in the world in both singles and doubles.

 

At age 21, after landing on his head during a Frisbee game, Wagner became paralyzed from the mid-chest down. After the accident, he struggled trying to find a way to return to his athletic lifestyle. Now, with only 30 percent function in his hands, he has won at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Paralympic Games.

 

Like many of their teammates and competitors, McFadden, Arambula, and Wagner have shown great determination and skill. Good luck to them, as well as all of Team U.S.A., in Rio this year.

 

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 to exhibit at 2016 CMSA Conference in Long Beach, CA

Posted on Wed, Jun 15, 2016

The Case Management Society of America's (CMSA) 26th Annual Conference and Expo will be held on June 21-23 in Long Beach, California. The CMSA Conference and Expo celebrates growth in healthcare with networking and educational opportunities. The three-dayevent aims to empower attendees to create their most evolved case management practices.

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The CMSA Conference and Expo is the largest of its kind for professionals in the case management field. This year, theExposition will feature an exhibit from prominent firms in the healthcare industry, like Amramp, which has exhibited at past CMSA conferences as well. The conference will showcase four experienced keynote speakers:

 

 

Continuing Education (CE) hours can be earned at the conference with a focus on:

  • Disease States
  • Healthcare Reform
  • Contemporary Issues in Case Management
  • Transitional Care Considerations

Information on how to receive credit can be found on the conference website. These credits are eligible for organizations such as Certification of Disability Management Specialist (CDMS), Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN), and Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC).

 

Health care case managers at the CMSA Conference and Expo will be exploring:

  • Professionalism in the workplace and ethical practice
  • Care management in the air and on the sea
  • Insights into enhancing transitions and quality of care with out senior population
  • Improving hospital discharge for children with medical complexity
  • America's health literacy problem and the case manager's role
  • ...and much more!

 Amramp greatly looks forward to exhibiting at the 2016 CMSA Conference and Expo to demonstrate our latest accessibility products and advances in accessibility products for eldercare and life transitions at all mobility levels. We hope to see you in Long Beach - Booth 340!

 

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 — and helping case managers be their best

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Fort McMurray Ready for Returning Residents

Posted on Wed, Jun 01, 2016

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After the wild fire devastation and complete evacuation of the City of Fort McMurray, AB, the government is in high gear to keep the promise of a June 1 phased-in return date of 90,000 evacuees. Officials estimate up to 15,000 people to be headed back home on June 1. The fire began on May 3 and destroyed more than 2,400 homes and buildings.

 

To complicate matters, the hospital sustained smoke and water damage and must be decontaminated. This means a full service temporary field hospital needed to be built on site by Alberta Health Services (AHS).

 

On Friday May 27, Lorne Wensel of Amramp Alberta was contacted by Alcor Construction to supply wheelchair ramps for the AHS temporary field hospital in Fort McMurray for the June 1 return date. At the time the Amramp Alberta truck was loaded and ready for the trip to Grande Prairie, AB – about 5 hours NW of Edmonton with a large job that could not be delayed. Using mobile technology and the support of the Amramp home office in Boston, MA, plans, designs and inventory checks were done over the weekend for delivery on Monday, May 30, to Fort McMurray, about  5 hours NE of Edmonton.

 

The first 60-foot ramp went in for the Home Care AHS division trailer by 9 pm Monday night and the second 60-foot ramp, for the AHS patient waiting room - triage trailer, was installed by noon on Tuesday, May 31.

 

Amramp Mission Accomplished, in time for the return date deadline. Amramp proves once again that their inventoried centers, across the USA and now in Canada, offer accessibility solutions during times of crisis. From hurricanes, floods or fires Amramp is deployed locally, professionally and on time. Amramp Alberta is proud to be part of the YMM return. Fort McMurray Strong – you will rebuild!

 

For more information on Amramp, please contact our international Call Center at 888-715-7598 or visit our website: www.amramp.com/alberta.

 

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

 

 

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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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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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