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Celebrating Americans with Disabilities Act Awareness Day

Amramp extends greetings and best wishes to all observing July 26 as Americans with Disabilities Act Awareness Day.

We celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the efforts of the US Department of Justice in working towards a future in which all the doors are open to equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, integration and economic self-sufficiency for all for persons with disabilities.

 

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Amramp Congratulates Chantal Vandierendonck Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee

Five-time Paralympic medalist and former wheelchair tennis world champion Chantal Vandierendonck

Five-time Paralympic medalist and former wheelchair tennis world champion Chantal Vandierendonck has earned the honor of being nominated to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2014, putting her in the ranks of household names like Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Chris Evert, and Billie Jean King.

Vandierendonck, 48, and originally from the Netherlands, was one of wheelchair tennis's first female stars, winning the first women's tennis ITF World Championship in 1991 and two times after. She held the world No. 1 player status for 136 weeks total in singles and also was ranked world No. 1 in doubles. She won medals in the 1988, 1992, and 1996 Paralympic Games.

Vandierendonck has used wheelchairs since a car accident injury in 1983; prior to the injury, she was already a nationally ranked tennis player. She learned about wheelchair tennis from an uncle who saw it on TV, and she immediately decided to try it. She became a trailblazer in the sport, inspiring many other athletes to follow.

Located in Newport, RI, the International Tennis Hall of Fame recognizes and honors players and contributors to the sport of tennis with an annual awards ceremony. Vandierendonck is the first woman of wheelchair tennis to be nominated; wheelchair tennis founder Brad Parks was officially inducted in 2010, and paralympian Randy Snow was inducted posthumously in 2012. Snow was also the first paralympian to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.

Vandierendonck will be inducted alongside WTA star Lindsay Davenport, as well as industry leaders Nick Bollettieri, Jane Brown Grimes, and John Barrett. The Class of 2014 Enshrinement Ceremony will be held on July 12, 2014 during the Rolex Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend and in conjunction with the annual Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, RI.

We at Amramp are thrilled to say congratulations Chantal!

For more information about wheelchair tennis competitions, players, and rankings, visit http://www.itftennis.com/wheelchair/home.aspx

For resources on how you can get into the game at any age or level of ability, visit http://www.usta.com/Adult-Tennis/Wheelchair-Tennis/Wheelchair/

Amramp believes that mobility challenges should never stop individuals from following their passions, and applauds Chantal Vandierendonck's determination and success in her tennis career.

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.

Amramp Corporate Team Visits Dancing Wheels Company & School

We had a wonderful opportunity to meet with Mary Verdi-Fletcher, the founder of Dancing Wheels Company & School while we were in Cleveland, OH last week for the CMSA conference. Mary is the first professional wheelchair dancer in the US and she started Dancing Wheels as a professional, physically integrated dance company uniting the talents of dancers both with and without disabilities. John Wright, owner of Amramp Cleveland is a member of the Board of Directors.

Dancing Wheels is a touring company and sometimes the stages in other cities are not accessible for the dancers. Amramp has worked with Dancing Wheels for several years to provide temporary wheelchair ramps for their performances.

We had the opportunity to view one of the student rehearsals last week. It was very uplifting and inspiring. Check out their upcoming events here.

Amramp Wheelchair Ramp Experts Attend 2014 CMSA Case Management Conference

The Case Management Society of America (CMSA) is putting together a show-shopping 2014 annual conference, and Amramp will join in the education, networking, and fun from June 17 to 20 at the Cleveland Convention Center & Global Center for Health Innovation. #CMSA2014

While encouraging attendees to "embrace the changing rhythms of healthcare," the conference boasts a jam-packed lineup of educational/training sessions for case managers working in the fields of:

  • Health Insurance/Managed Care
  • Acute Care
  • Workers Compensation
  • Government Agency
  • Rehabilitation/Subacute
  • Integrated Care
  • Ambulatory/Community Care
  • Home Care, and
  • Behavioral Health.

Amramp will be one of more than 200 companies hosting a booth at CMSA's 2014 Expo, where we will share information about our accessibility products and adaptable ramp technology with thousands of professional case managers from across the country. The conference caters to all experience levels, from new/entry-level case managers, to business owners, or for non-case manager health professionals who wish to learn more about how case management works in the healthcare system.

Dr. Michio Kaku, author and researcher famous for his work in Einstein's unified field theory and also using science to predict business and financial trends, will deliver a keynote speech at the conference. His books include Physics of the Future, Physics of the Impossible, and Hyperspace and Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century.

Keynote speeches will also be given by retired US Navy flight surgeon and NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger, as well as US Marine Corps veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Dakota L. Meyer.

Concurrent educational sessions will be given at Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced levels on a vast number of topics, allowing attendees to customize their learning experience to specifically fit their needs and interests. Case managers will also have the opportunity to earn professional continuing educational credits (CEs) and to view poster presentations by their peers in the field.

CMSA Educational sessions will primarily focus on

  • Contemporary Issues in Acute Care Case Management
  • Disease States – Emerging Issues, Trends, and Treatment Protocols
  • Healthcare Reform – Key Considerations for the Practice of Case Management
  • Trends & Best Practices in Workers Compensation & Disability Management
  • Transitional Care Considerations
  • Health Care Technology & Software Innovations, and
  • Masters Content for Advanced Practice Case Managers.

Amramp is eager to join top case managers at the CMSA 24th Conference & Expo, which promises to be among the most dynamic educational gatherings for healthcare professionals in 2014. If you will be attending the conference, do visit us at the Amramp booth #443 to meet John Wright, owner of Amramp Cleveland and members of his dynamic team – Jim Starek and Sean Amos!

Amramp installs wheelchair ramps and mobility within days not weeks

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Happy Father’s Day to Amramp’s multigenerational team equipping California with mobility solutions

Father’s Day is a chance each year to celebrate and honor all of the dads, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers who have made an impact in our lives. Here at Amramp, we have a father-son team who work together to install wheelchair ramps, mobility solutions, and other accessibility products.

Brett McKee of Amramp Los Angeles enjoys working with his three sons: Brendan, 32, Patrick, 28, and Dylan, 25. The partnership started in 2007, when Brendan and Patrick were attending community college in LA. Their first installation jobs included a local credit union, a residential house in Long Beach, and a sorority house at San Diego State University, which rented a ramp for its rush week.

The business started off small but grew quickly, with the team soon installing ramps in Northern California from the LA warehouse. When Brendan and Dylan transferred to UC Santa Cruz in 2009, Brett decided to expand the business to Northern California, buying another truck and leasing more warehouse space. They relied on Google advertising and exhibiting at physical therapy and case management conferences to spread the word about the business and to attract new referrals.

After Dylan graduated from college in Washington state, he moved back home and became lead installer for the Southern California branch, where father Brett handles most of the sales and referral calls and emails for the business. The two California branches communicate daily and get together in-person about every two months. Brendan and Patrick do site evaluations, design proposals, and installations, but Brett’s job keeps him very busy – often working up to 60 hours a week. His sons enjoy a 25-40 hours/week schedule which leaves them time to pursue hobbies like music, gardening, mushroom hunting, and other interests.

Brett notes that working for Amramp has cultivated excellent skills in customer orientation, operations, logistics, proposal-writing, and juggling shifting priorities, in addition to construction projects, tools, and techniques. Occasionally a large job will require additional training and innovation, such as a major installation of 15-pool lifts in Escondido, CA, and a 41-foot ramp installed in Berkeley, CA, last week.

“I know I can count on my sons to take care of the customer,” says Brett, pointing out that all three are geared toward providing excellent customer service and treating clients with empathy. “They show commitment. Much of what we do is ‘emergency work’: customers being discharged and not having a safe way to get up the stairs if they are in a wheelchair or walker.”

Just last week, in fact, Brendan and Patrick drove to the Sierras to make sure a patient who was discharged could get safely into his home. Meanwhile, Dylan and another coworker drove to Boulder City, NV, and at 10 p.m. installed a ramp in the dark for a patient.

The McKee family is looking forward to a vacation at the end of the month: a weeklong visit to the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.

 Amramp wishes you and yours a very Happy Father’s Day!

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 Hosts ALS Association Representatives for Factory Tour

Last Friday, we had an opportunity to host several guests from the ALS Association, Massachusetts Chapter – Jan Obermann, Shannon Wheeler and Margie Ware – here at our South Boston headquarters. We have worked with the ALS Association for many years to install wheelchair ramps and other accessibility products for their families.

It was an opportunity for the ALS Team to see how we make our ramps and for our manufacturing team to learn more about how important the parts are that they make and how each ramp changes someone’s life.

“Thank you all for your time, hospitality, and the wonderful opportunity to meet with all of you and your amazing team of workers. We truly had a great time, and found the tour so instructive. And, we loved speaking to the guys who are working so hard to manufacture the ramps. It’s an amazing operation that you have, and we were very impressed! Thanks for the coffee, donuts, and pizza!

As you know, most of our ALS patients will at some point during the course of their disease need a ramp. By seeing your production from draft, to final product gives us a great appreciation for what all of you do! Our Chapter ramp program would not be possible without your support. We are grateful to Tom Duffy, and Bill Dowley for the sensitivity they show to our patients, and for going the extra mile to meet their needs.

Thank you for sharing of your time and talent with us today. It was a wonderful experience!”

Jan Obermann, MS, COTA/L
Care Services Manager
The ALS Association, Massachusetts Chapter

Amramp Featured in the MDA Massachusetts May Newsletter

Amramp is featured in the May 2014 MDA Massachusetts Newsletter. Please read the article here.

Amramp Boston proudly sponsored the 2014 MDA Muscle Walk on March 29.

MDA Muscle Walk: Get moving for a great cause. Join Amramp March 29

Muscular Dystrophy is a genetic disorder that causes muscles to weaken over time, and thousands of Americans are affected by it. The Muscular Dystrophy Association started the MDA Muscle Walk, a non-competitive “get moving” event held in cities across the country to honor and raise money for adults and children who have one of the different types of muscle diseases that fall under the Muscular Dystrophy classification, such as Duchenne (DMD), Becker, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Amramp is proud to be a sponsor this year of the MDA Muscle Walk – our corporate team is excited to get out there and show some spirit at the Massachusetts & Rhode Island walk on March 29th at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, and we hope local readers will join us!

The MDA Muscle Walk is the largest event of its kind in the U.S, bringing together friends and family members of all generations to participate in some fun, light exercise (most walks are no more than a mile). Money raised by the event will go toward medical research as well as services for families affected by neuromuscular disease.

According to the National Institute of Health, MD consists of "more than 30 genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control movement. Some forms of MD are seen in infancy or childhood, while others may not appear until middle age or later." Each case is different, and the effects and severity can vary from one individual to another. Treatment may include "physical therapy, respiratory therapy, speech therapy, orthopedic appliances used for support, and corrective orthopedic surgery," as well as pharmaceutical medications. In many cases, people with MD are also wheelchair users.

MDA is the world’s largest voluntary health agency to support and fund research and provide healthcare services to families, as well as raising awareness about MD. Amramp's mission as a company is to help those with mobility challenges – including neuromuscular diseases – by creating products to make their environments safer, more accessible, and easier to navigate. Amramp supports the MDA Muscle Walk because we see nearly every day the effects of the disease and are doing our part to find better therapies through research.

We hope you’ll join us in raising money for Muscular Dystrophy by participating in a walk held in your area, and for our New England readers, we’d love to see you in Foxboro on March 29th!

 To view a list of MDA Muscle Walks in your state – or to sign up for one – click here.

 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 Makes Ms. Wheelchair California Pageant Accessible for All

Ms Wheelchair California 2014 Theresa De VeraLittle Miss Wheelchair California 2014 Luzi Ashley

Pageant uses Wheelchair Ramps for accessibility to both sides of the stage
at the Hilton Hotel in Long Beach, CA

             (Long Beach, CA)--- Amramp Wheelchair Ramps were used at the Ms Wheelchair California Pageant in Long Beach on February 1, 2014.  The two Amramp Systems allow for contestants entering the stage on one side and descending on the opposite side.    

 Daniel Lee, Project Manager of DALE said, “The Amramp Systems gave us the efficiency and flexibility to run a fast moving pageant.”

             Amramp installs accessibility ramps, vertical platform lifts, swimming pool lifts and wheelchair showers throughout California 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.  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 timeframe 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. 

             Amramp has been providing accessibility ramps, vertical platform lifts, stair chairs and wheelchair showers in Southern and Northern California since May, 2007 and has seven employees.  Warehouse facilities are located in Gardena and Santa Cruz, CA.   See www.amramp.com/laoc and www.amramp.com/norcal.

Amramp & APTA Conference in Alignment

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) hosts its annual Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) next week, and Amramp is thrilled to be a part of it. On February 3rd-6th, 2014, more than 10,000 physical therapy professionals from across the country gather in Las Vegas, Nevada, to take classes in the 18 different specialty sections of the APTA, each of which focuses on a different aspect of physical therapy. The CSM allows physical therapists to gain knowledge about diverse topics and focuses within the field, all at one centralized location.

The APTA sections at the conference include:

         Acute Care

         Aquatic Physical Therapy

         Cardiovascular and Pulmonary

         Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management

         Education

         Federal Physical Therapy

         Geriatrics

         Hand Rehabilitation

         Health Policy/Administration

         Home Health

         Neurology

         Oncology

         Orthopaedics

         Pediatrics

         Private Practice

         Research

         Sports Physical Therapy

         Women’s Health

More than 600 lectures, presentations, and group meetups take place at this one event! Attendees have the chance to earn up to 19 contact hours/CCUs through the classes they take at CSM. Other highlights include section networking events and happy hours, as well as regional meetings. Alumni also gather at physical therapy reunion events for schools including Andrews University, Cleveland State, University of Colorado, Columbia University, University of Florida, Fresno State, Ithaca College, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, Midwestern University, Mount St. Mary’s College, UNC, University of North Dakota, Ohio University, Shenandoah University, University of St. Augustine, Temple University, University of Washington, and many more.

Another innovative element of the conference: Developed and submitted by 2014 APTA CSM participants, more than 900 fascinating platform presentations and 900 poster presentations, detailing researched studies and case reports on unique topics in the field, will be displayed.

The Venetian Hotel and Sands Expo Center hosts the CSM and where attendees will find Amramp’s booth, along with 400 companies who will be showcasing their products and services to the therapists in attendance. Amramp can’t wait to meet newcomers and spread the word about our patented nonslip ramp technology, adaptable lifts, grab bars, and other affordable, versatile solutions to mobility challenges.

It promises to be a very exciting and informative four days. If you are attending this year, please make sure to stop by the Amramp exhibitor booth 587 and say hello!

 

Amramp installs wheelchair ramps quickly, generally within 24 hours

Call Amramp today to schedule a free on-site estimate

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

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