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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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Amramp Edmonton to Meet With Physiotherapy Professionals at Annual Congress

Amramp Edmonton is proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 Annual National Congress of The Canadian Physiotherapy Association in Edmonton from June 18 through June 22.

This event will be the largest annual gathering of the physiotherapy profession in Canada. Lorne Wensel, independent owner and operator of Amramp Edmonton, is excited to be an exhibitor and have the opportunity to interact with 500+ physiotherapists, clinic owners and hospital buyers across Canada during the event.

Amramp prides itself on compassionate, friendly, knowledgeable service and the top-quality accessibility products available at affordable rates for rent or purchase, including adaptable nonslip weatherproof wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, vertical platform lifts, grab bars, threshold ramps, portable showers, and more. Amramp franchise locations are located across the US and in Edmonton, Canada, committed to making every space – big or small, residential or commercial – fully accessible to individuals of all mobility levels.

The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) represents over 12,000 physiotherapists, physiotherapist assistants and physiotherapist students across Canada. CPA members are rehabilitation professionals dedicated to the health, mobility and fitness of Canadians. In partnership with provincial and territorial branches and practice divisions, CPA enables members to learn, share knowledge and enhance practice. CPA provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enable our professional community to better serve Canadians.

For more about Amramp’s wheelchair ramp and aging-in-place products and services, or free site estimates, please contact Amramp’s Customer Service Center at 888-715-7598.

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

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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.

Thank You to Amramp for Saving Our Vacation in Pigeon Forge, TN

Log Cabin Rental in TN

 

Amramp customer and blogger Sabrina Smither shared her Amramp experience on her blog:

http://walkingandrollingtraveling.com/

 

“I would first like to send a huge THANK YOU to Tim Rash from Amramp East Tennessee for saving our vacation to Pigeon Forge TN.  Sean and I agreed to be chaperons on my son’s high school retreat.  Although the cabin arrangements were made by the school, I was the one who found the listing for the cabin.  I was the one who broke the cardinal rule of not asking enough questions!!!

 

When we arrived at the cabin on Sunday, we were all dismayed to find that the listing and all the information was wrong and the cabin was not any way close to being wheelchair accessible.  It did not even have a ramp and of all the cabins in this complex, ours had the only non-paved parking.  So what do you do??  You get on the internet and find a solution.  Amramp!!!!

 

Thank goodness we had 5 very strong high school boys with us and with a little creative thinking we got Sean in the cabin.  Let me just say I could not watch at all what they were doing.  Now the problem was we were stuck in the cabin with no why out!!!  Yea, didn't think that one through at the time.

 

I am a problem solver so what do I do is get on the internet and find us a ramp.  That is how I found Amramp and Tim Rash.  I filled out the e-mail request on there web site with the hopes that I could buy a ramp the next day and then we would be able to get in and out.  I received a call first thing Monday morning.  Tim talked over our situation and gave me some options.

 

My hope of just buying a ramp was not going to work because they did not have one long enough on site that would go up the 3 (yes 3) tall steps and get us close enough to the van for his heavy chair to make it through the gravel.  Most of the time you would just order one and are not faced with something like this.

 

Tim had another great option for us.  He had a ramp that we could rent!!!  Yes Rent!! They would even bring it the 60 plus miles to set it up and come back and take it down when we check out.  He said they could be at the cabin in the next few hours.  SOLD!!!

Not only did they bring a very safe 10 foot ramp with hand rails but also threshold ramps for free for us to use!!!!

 

I can not say enough about the team at Amramp and Tim for helping us in our time of need and thinking outside the box to help us.   Tim truly saved this week long retreat for us as well as the others on the trip.  They checked in with us throughout the week and made sure everything was fine and we did not need anymore help.  As promised, they were there when we checked out to take it all back to Knoxville.

 

It was a wake up call for us to remember the rules of travel with a wheelchair or a person with limited mobility.

 

I will be perching my own set of portable ramps to have on hand from Tim and Amramp in the coming weeks.  I have looked at ramps but just never knew what to get, so I never did buy any.  I feel that with the personal attention Tim and his team gives we will have the correct ramp for our future needs.

 

Please check out there web site for all your needs and give Tim a call or fill out the customer contact form on the web site and they will get in touch with you and he will be more than helpful in getting you what you are looking for.

 

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In my next post I will be going over the rules to remember when booking a cabin or even a hotel room along with some very important questions to ask.”

 

 

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.

 Amramp Eastern Tennessee serves Eastern and Central Tennessee: Service areas include Knoxville, Nashville, Alcoa, Athens, Brentwood, Bristol, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Cleveland, Columbia, Cookeville, Crossville, Dandridge, Dickson, East Ridge, Elizabethton, Farragut, Franklin, Gallatin, Goodlettsville, Greeneville, Harriman,  Hendersonville, Jefferson City, Johnson City, Kingsport, La Follette, La Vergne, Lebanon, Lenoir City, Lewisburg, Loudon, Madisonville, Maryville, McMinnville, Morristown, Mount Juliet, Murfreesboro, Newport, Oak Ridge, Pigeon Forge, Red Bank, Sevierville, Seymour, Shelbyville, Smyrna, Soddy Daisy, Springfield, Spring Hill, Sweetwater, Tullahoma, Union City and White House. 

 Amramp Eastern Tennessee is locally owned and operated by Tim Rash and Dave Taylor. They can be reached at 865-438-8032 or via email at dave.taylor@amramp.com and tim.rash@amramp.com.

Amramp Helps US Olympic and Paralympic Athletes Celebrate in Washington, DC

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More than 200 Team USA athletes, including 78 medalists from the 2014 Sochi Games, were celebrated at a red-carpet event at the historic Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., on April 2 for the US Olympic Committee’s inaugural Best of US awards program.

 

Greg Lazzaroni of Amramp DC is proud to have installed two wheelchair ramps at the reception so all the athletes would be able to meet and mingle during the event. The event organizer said, “The ramps were great, they were using them like crazy. Thanks for a great job!”

 

U.S. Olympic Committee’s inaugural Best of U.S. awards program drew more than 200 Team USA athletes who competed in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, 78 wearing their 2014 medals.

 

Wearing her two bronze medals for alpine skiing, Best Female Paralympian and Moment of the Games awards-winner Stephanie Jallen noted the magnitude of the games: "The Paralympics meant everything to me," Jallen told USA Today. Jallen was born with one leg and one fully developed arm. "I trained for it for nine years. The opportunity alone to race and represent the USA was … I can't even describe it. And then to be able to medal."

 

Paralympic alpine skier Mark Bathum was tapped Best Male Paralympian. The men’s sled hockey team was designated Team of the Games. Skater Jason Brown’s coach and guide Kori Ade was honored with the USG Building Dreams award, according to TeamUSA.org.

 

Other notable Paralympians

 

After a motorcycle collision with a drunk driver, then aspiring professional skateboarder Evan Strong lost a leg. A decade later, the Paralympic snowboarding gold medalist said, “I never dreamed about being a Paralympian or winning a Paralympic gold medal. After the accident I wanted to get back to life and to sports again. I love it. I couldn’t live without it.”

 

Two-time sled hockey Paralympian Greg Shaw commented on NBC broadcasting the gold-medal sled hockey game live: “It’s awesome getting so much coverage for our sport. People recognize me because they saw me on TV.” Joining his teammates to accept their award for Team of the Games, Shaw told TeamUSA.org: “It’s really like a brotherhood.”

 

Best of U.S. Paralympic Award-Winners

The first-ever awards were selected by fans after the US Olympic Committee nominated Olympians and Paralympians.

Best Female Paralympian: Stephanie Jallen, two bronze medals, alpine skiing

Best Male Paralympian: Mark Bathum, two silver medals, alpine skiing

Best Team/Paralympics: men's sled hockey, gold medalists

Best Moment/Paralympics: another award for Stephanie Jallen, two bronze medals in alpine skiing

The Paralympic Games bring together athletes with a range of physical and intellectual challenges, including mobility limitations but also blindness, cerebral palsy, and amputations. The Paralympics started as a small gathering of British World War II veterans in 1948 and grew from there; in 2014, 47 nations/committees sent representative athletes to Sochi. “Para” in Greek means “beside” or “alongside,” and the Paralympic Games are held “in parallel” with the Olympic Games. 1988 marked the first year that the Paralympics were automatically held in the same location directly following the Olympic Games, and this agreement has continued through 2014.

 

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