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Edmonton Amramp Team Engineers Solution for Fort MacLeod Courthouse

Amramp of Edmonton recently completed an exciting and challenging ramp installation on a historic courthouse and town hall in the remote small town of Fort MacLeod; built in 1904, it is the oldest court house in the province of Alberta. Lorne Wensel of Amramp Edmonton spearheaded the project and shares some interesting highlights with the Amramp blog.

The Fort MacLeod Courthouse predates Alberta’s entry into Canada as a province, and originally serving as a trading post for the Northwest Territorial administration on the praries. Because it is one of the few surviving buildings from that time period, the building is on the list of historic sites, not just in Alberta but all of Canada. As a result, the ramp installation required a lot more permits and inspection processes than usual.

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The courthouse administration found the Amramp Edmonton location online and chose Amramp because our ramps are modular and do not require any excavation or digging to install in most cases. Had digging been required, an archaeological team would have to be brought in to oversee the dig (in case it unearthed any artifacts), which would have almost doubled the expense of the job. The other decision-making factor was that the ramp may or may not be a permanent addition to the building, but Amramp’s ramps are easy to uninstall if necessary—so Amramp was the clear solution in this case!

“It took six months of going back and forth with Historic Sites to get the job approved,” says Lorne, who also had to drive five hours each way to get to Fort MacLeod from Edmonton. Once the installation was approved and he made the trip, a new challenge arose: making sure that the ramp would fit with a step set in a very narrow entryway

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underneath an arch. Fortunately, Amramp Edmonton was able to engineer an effective fix in the end which satisfied all involved parties.

Lorne notes that the climate was “pretty toasty” compared to Edmonton, but the courthouse looks out on the Rocky Mountains and thus made for a lovely view at work. As he worked, townspeople would come up to ask him about the job and share about what the building meant to them personally and as a town.

“I never realized how much traveling I’d be doing when I took on this job,” says, Lorne, who finds himself regularly taking trips to various parts of the province. “Tomorrow, I’m actually heading out to do an installation at an alpaca ranch.”

We can’t wait to see photos from that project!

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Amramp Creates Path for Disabled Dolphin Fans at Clearwater Aquarium

When elevator breaks, Amramp of Tampa installs modular wheelchair ramp, restoring access to Winter the dolphin at Clearwater Aquarium.

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The Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida is famously the home to Winter the dolphin, star and inspiration of the hit movies Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2. After losing her tail in an accident, Winter became the first dolphin to be fitted with a prosthetic tail. Winter’s story of courage and perseverance has made her a beacon of hope and inspiration for anyone who has overcome physical adversity.

Late one afternoon in June, Tim Smith, the facility manager at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium had an emergency situation: The existing elevator that brings aquarium guests up the second floor to see Winter had broken down. While this wasn’t an issue for able-bodied patrons, visitors in wheelchairs who were eager to see Winter were being manually carried up the stairs to the second floor. And more and more were lining up to make this dangerous trek.

With no sense of how long it would take to get the elevator repaired, Smith needed a quick solution. Late that afternoon, Debbie Vanlandingham, the manager at the Amramp franchise based in Tampa, Florida, received an urgent call from Smith.

Amramp, North America’s leading provider of modular wheelchair ramps, jumped on the case. Amramp’s installation experts arrived at the aquarium to perform a comprehensive evaluation, which included extensive measurements and photographs. They remained at the aquarium until ideal design was achieved.

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Recalling her initial contact with the Aquarium, Vanlandingham said, “I’m such a sentimental fool that I couldn’t thank Tim enough for allowing Amramp to do this for Winter’s fans. I kept getting flashes in my head that actual people were being carried up in their wheelchairs. With the new ramp in place, everyone has safe access to enjoy all areas of the aquarium.”

Amramp installer Paul Ellison was on site early the next morning. With only the staff and star attractions like Winter and her marine peers present, Ellison got to work. Part of the installation process brought him face-to-face with the dolphins’ habitat. Winter and friends were on hand to oversee the installation process and provide Ellison with lots of vocal encouragement. “I felt like they were thanking me,” said Ellison.

“The beauty of it was that we were able to complete the entire installation in less than 24 hours,” said Vanlandingham, “By the time the Aquarium reopened on Wednesday the ramp was already in place and operational.”

Amramp ramps are designed to be installed quickly without requiring any modifications to the existing structure or surroundings and leave no sign or destruction behind when the ramp is removed. Amramp’s patent-pending steel modular wheelchair ramps are available for purchase or rental, short-term for as little as 24 hours for events like graduations, vacation rentals.

The ramp installed at Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a temporary modular rental ramp. This completed ramp runs 36 feet long with a 4-foot-by-4-foot turning platform designed to transport guests in wheelchairs safely to the second floor of the Aquarium to see Winter.

Since the environment for humans in an aquarium can be on the damp side, Amramp ramps are ideal: The open mesh ramp surface provides needed traction and allows moisture to pass through easily. The ramp also features a raised gripping pattern, as well as a special Amramp-grip coating to the ramp surface, making the ramp at the Aquarium the most slip resistant ramp available.

Vanlandingham can’t image any other career. “All I do is help people design ramps,” she said. “Ultimately when someone is able to go on a ramp…it should be like floating on air for them. When you’re in a wheelchair, you should be able to bypass any obstacle that may cross your path. It’s so simple for me to put something down, so you don’t have any obstacles, that’s my reward.”

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Amramp Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the ADA!

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We congratulate the people behind the Americans with Disabilities Act who work tirelessly to remove barriers and empower people.

At Amramp, “ADA Compliant” are not just words or regulations to us. It’s the way we work and the way we think.

Our franchise owners and sales team members are factory trained accessibility experts. More importantly, we understand how difficult it can be to push someone in a wheelchair up a ramp that is too steep and how scary it is for an elderly spouse to control their loved one’s wheelchair going down a steep ramp.

We take the time to sit down and talk to the people who will be using the ramp during our home evaluation to make sure the ramp we design fits their needs and the physical limitations of the person in the wheelchair as well as the person who will be assisting that person.

We want to make sure the ramp is long enough to bring someone from the door to a level landing. We don’t want to end the ramp in middle of the lawn, so people then have to navigate over bumpy grass or dirt.

Our steel ramps are fireproof and provide a safe exit in case of fire. An aluminum ramp will melt from the heat and a wood ramp will provide fuel for the fire. Fireproof steel ramps provide an extra safety feature for your loved ones in an emergency.

Our job is to make life easier for people who use wheelchairs, walkers or just struggle with stairs. Amramp makes life accessible where you work, live and play.

Amramp also installs Grab bars, Railings, Vertical Platform Lifts, Stairlifts, Automatic Door Openers, Overhead Patient Lifts, Portable, Roll-in Portable Wheelchair showers and other assistive devices.

Visit Amramp.com for more information on how Amramp can make your home safer and more accessible.

Keeping our Senior Population Safe

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Each year, millions of adults aged 65 and older fall. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death. Fortunately, falls are a public health problem that is largely preventable.

One of the key ways to help older adults prevent falls is reduce tripping hazards throughout the house.

Dave Taylor, Amramp Eastern Tennessee, identified 4 trip points at a veteran’s home in Thompsons Station, Tennessee. Dave was able to install some threshold ramps inside and outside the home to allow the veteran to more easily and safely go from room to room and out onto their patio.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends these tips on how to prevent falls among older adults:

  • Exercise regularly. It is important that the exercises focus on increasing leg strength and improving balance, and that they get more challenging over time. Tai Chi programs are especially good.
  • Ask their doctor or pharmacist to review their medicines—both prescription and over-the counter—to identify medicines that may cause side effects or interactions such as dizziness or drowsiness.
  • Have their eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update their eyeglasses to maximize their vision. Consider getting a pair with single vision distance lenses for some activities such as walking outside.
  • Make their homes safer by reducing tripping hazards, adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower and next to the toilet, adding railings on both sides of stairways, and improving the lighting in their homes.

For more information on keeping our senior population safe, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Home & Recreational Safety website - http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Falls/adultfalls.html

About Amramp

Amramp installs wheelchair ramps, grab bars, railings, stairlifts and other accessibility products throughout the US and parts of Canada at homes, businesses, schools and institutions. Amramp is the leading company in the United States specializing in modular steel wheelchair ramps, offering sturdy, customizable wheelchair ramps for disability access that enable the aging and disabled population to remain safely in their homes with independence and mobility. Ramps can be installed temporarily for short or long term needs without damaging the building structure as they are not a permanent modification to the building. Amramp products are available for sale or rental with no minimum time frame and no ramp size restrictions – they can even be rented for just one day for a special event or a visitor who struggles with stairs!. 

Amramp steel ramps are fireproof and provide a more stable, non-flammable exit in case of fire. Wood and aluminum are not fireproof.

Amramp also installs Grab bars, Railings, Vertical Platform Lifts, Stairlifts, Automatic Door Openers, Overhead Patient Lifts, Portable, roll-in wheelchair showers and other assistive devices.

Visit Amramp.com for more information on how Amramp can make your home safer and more accessible.

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Amramp Provides Access in Harvard Square During Sidewalk Renovation

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The unique design of Amramp’s modular wheelchair ramps makes a perfect solution for all types of accessibility needs. Here’s a great example of an Amramp application as a temporary walkway and wheelchair ramp to provide access during a major sidewalk renovation project in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA.

The Amramp wheelchair ramps allow shoppers and tourists to still have full access to the stores and attractions during the renovations.

Storeowners, municipalities and contractors across the country rent the Amramp ADA compliant wheelchair ramps as a temporary bridge to keep retail establishments open and wheelchair accessible during sidewalk infrastructure improvements.

Amramp installs accessibility ramps throughout the US and parts of Canada at businesses, residences, 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 or have access to public buildings and facilities.

The Amramp wheelchair ramps can be installed temporarily for short or long term needs without damaging the structure as they are not a permanent modification to the home or building. 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 and vertical platform lifts as well as other accessibility products.

Learn more about Amramp and the products we offer at www.amramp.com.

Amramp Makes Graduation Accessible for Everyone

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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.

  Graduation wheelchair ramps: Rent from the ADA experts

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Amramp Provides Access for First Water Ski HOF Induction Ceremony

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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!!

Amramp Provides Full Access for COSD Student Summit in Atlanta

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.

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ILTCI Conference Celebrates 15th Year, Invites Amramp to Colorado

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:

  • Actuarial
  • Alternative Solutions
  • Claims & Underwriting
  • Combination Products
  • Finance, Management & Operations
  • Legal, Compliance & Regulatory
  • Marketing
  • 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 Donating Wheelchair Ramp to Abilities Abound

Amramp Huntington will be donating a ramp to the 6th annual Abilities Aboundevent 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 diane.miller@amramp.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.

 

About NEIDAC

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

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