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Amramp Michigan Helps Tim Tebow Foundation Night to Shine - Kalamazoo

Posted on Mon, Apr 09, 2018

For the second year in a row, the Tim Tebow Foundation reached out to Amramp Western Michigan to provide access to the stage for the 2018 Night to Shine in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Larry Erlandson and Doug Draeger, co-owners of the Amramp Western Michigan franchise installed two wheelchair ramps so all of the honored guests could access the stage.


“We are still smiling from ear to ear reflecting on all of God’s blessings over 2018 Night to Shine – Kalamazoo!  Thank you so much for all you did to make it an incredible night for our guests.  We greatly appreciate you donating the use of 2 ramps so all our guests could be crowned on stage!”, commented one of the event organizers.


The Tim Tebow Foundation is committed to celebrating people with special needs. The Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On one night, February 9, 2018, 537 churches from around the world came together to host Night to Shine for approximately 90,000 honored guests through the support of 175,000 volunteers.


Amramp Western Michigan is based in Holland and has been serving the accessibility needs for the entire state of Michigan since 2006 with residential and commercial wheelchair ramps, lifts and other accessibility solutions. Long term or short term rentals available – even for just one night! For more information, please visit our website www.amramp.com or call Doug or Larry at 616-403-6600.


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Five Accessibility Apps for Wheelchair Users

Posted on Thu, Nov 16, 2017

Download these apps to find wheelchair accessible destinations in your neighborhood and all over the world




WheelMate lets wheelchair users around the world locate wheelchair-accessible toilets and parking spaces. The WheelMate app currently has more than 30,000 locations across 45 countries – and more are being added every day. Learn more




Wheelmap is based on OpenStreetMap and works similar to Wikipedia - everyone can contribute to improving the accumulated data. The app draws its information directly from the net. All data is always up to date. Learn more


Access Earth


According to an interview with the Huffington Post, Access Earth founder and creator Matt McCann started working on the app after he booked a stay at a hotel that had advertised itself as wheelchair accessible, only to find that it was not. Access Earth members “give each other the specific information they need to try new restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions without worrying about accessibility.” Learn more




Wheely NYC 


With stairways to the subway and lack of signage, those are only a few of the many accessibility challenges wheelchair users can face while in New York City. Wheely features accessible subway maps licensed by the MTA®, specific directions and maps to subway elevators and reviews based on local accessible places. Wheely is founded by Anthony Driscoll, a Parsons New School MFA Design and Technology candidate, who was inspired to create this app through his travels with his father who is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Learn more





AXS Map pulls destinations—restaurants, attractions—from Google Maps for users to rate how accessible they are. The app encourages hands-on engagement with the "Mapathon" functionality. The concept of Mapathon is to host a community event to go out and rate accessibility in your neighborhod. If users prefer not to start their own Mapathon, they are also able to join Mapathons with the guidance of AXS maps. Learn more 


Freewheel (in development)


Although the app is still in development, the world’s first fitness tracker for wheelchair users will take accessibility to the next level for. There is a mounted mechanism attached to the wheelchair that works via Bluetooth that calculates four key factors of wheelchair movement, as well as collects data to map navigable routes for other parties with accessibility needs. Freewheel is being developed by Chaotic Moon Studios in partnership with Accenture. Learn more 





Tags: accessibility, wheelchair travel

Be stroke-smart: prevention, symptoms, support

Posted on Mon, May 01, 2017



May is National Stroke Awareness Month — the perfect time for brushing up on your knowledge about stroke symptoms, how to respond if you’re witnessing a stroke, and how to support a loved one who is returning home after a stroke.


Stroke Symptoms


Familiarizing yourself with stroke symptoms is key to recognizing them and acting quickly if you happen to witness them. Stroke symptoms come on very suddenly, without warning. What to look for: Some of the most common stroke symptoms, according to the CDC:

  • Weakness or numbness on one side of the body, including the face, arm, or leg
  • Difficulty speaking or slurred speech
  • Confusion
  • Vision problems
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Coordination trouble
  • Severe headache


Stroke Response


Time is of the essence when it comes to stroke response. The faster you can intervene when someone is experiencing stroke symptoms, the better. If time is on your side, the outcome for the stroke victim improves dramatically. Remember the acronym “FAST” when deciding how to act in the face of common stroke symptoms.


FAST stands for:

  • FACE: Look for drooping one on side of the face
  • ARM: Does one drift downward?
  • SPEECH: Is speech slurred or distorted?
  • TIME: Call 911 right away if you notice these symptoms


Stroke Recovery


As difficult as a stroke is on the stroke victim, it also takes a toll on their loved ones and caretakers, and can change life significantly. Depending on the severity of the stroke, the victim’s quality of life can be impacted —either temporarily or permanently. They may need to have their living space modified to better meet their needs, and make it easier to safely navigate around their home. To get started, visit Amramp’s helpful guide for preparing the home for a stroke survivor here.


Other helpful online resources include the Careliving Guide from the experts at stroke.org.


Don’t let a stroke keep your loved ones from feeling safe and comfortable in their own home. Let Amramp’s total mobility solutions offer the freedom and peace of mind they deserve.


Wheelchair ramp 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.



Tags: accessibility, stroke

Vertical Platform Lifts: 3 Reasons They’re the Right Choice for You

Posted on Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Make your home accessible with a vertical platform lift


When you get to your front steps, what do you do? The same thing you do when you get to a staircase attaching your garage to your house, or your deck to your back door: You climb them. It seems like a simple solution. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to negotiate stairways or access raised entries for people with mobility issues. In fact, it presents a challenge that can be frustrating, restricting, and downright dangerous.


All across the United States and now in Canada seniors and folks with mobility concerns have regained their independence, shored up their safety, and made their homes accessible with Amramp’s expert-installed vertical platform lifts. Everyone should be free to safely navigate where they want, when they want to, without having to worry about transferring out of their wheelchair.



3 reasons a vertical platform lift is the right choice:


  1. Affordable vertical platforms lifts

Renting or buying, Amramp will work with you to make sure your vertical platform lift is affordable, with plenty of options to ensure you’re equipped with the wheelchair platform lift you need for as long as you need it.


  1. Wheelchair lifts installed in days not weeks

Whether you’re in need of a residential or commercial model, for indoor or outdoor use, Amramp’s expert installers will have your wheelchair lift installed properly, safely, and on time. Weatherproof options are a worry-free solution for outdoor spaces. Leave it to the professionals to get you set up. They’re fast, and friendly!


  1. Vertical wheelchair lifts are easy to use

Designed for safe and easy use, Amramp’s vertical platform lifts are extremely user-friendly. There is no need to navigate out of your wheelchair or scooter to access the lift. They range in size to accommodate different spaces and needs, and they are virtually maintenance free.


Looking to make spaces more accessible in your home or business? Gain full access to your space by contacting Amramp. Your local expert mobility solution installers – all across the U.S and now in Canada – will be able to meet your needs. Installation can happen as quickly as 24-48 hours after you approve your quote.


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.



Wheelchair lifts installed in days not weeks

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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Celebrating 26 Years of Americans with Disabilities Act

Posted on Tue, Jul 26, 2016


#Amramp celebrates the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. #ADA26



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Ampramp exhibits at the 2016 ASA Conference in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Thu, Mar 17, 2016

Aging in America conference welcomes Ampramp's installed accessibility products


Screen_Shot_2016-03-17_at_8.56.24_AM.pngThe American Society on Aging is set to host its annual conference for 3,000 attendees on March 20 – March 24, 2016, at the Marriot Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham hotels.


The event will cover issues of aging, as well as quality of life for older adults, for attendees in the aging, health care, and education fields.


The conference will include key sessions and learning opportunities, such as:


The ASA Leadership Institute, an intensive leadership development program meant to prepare the next wave of leaders in the field of aging, will also be offered.

For a full schedule of all conference sessions, speaking and exhibitor information, and more, visit the ASA conference website.


The exhibit hall will feature the latest in innovative products and services specifically for the aging population in America. Amramp is thrilled to be participating as exhibitor at the ASA conference, showcasing our very latest accessibility offerings. The 2016 ASA conference is shaping up to be a game-changer for individuals with an interest in the elderly population, and we hope to see you in D.C.


Our elderly shouldn’t be treated differently: They should be treated accordingly

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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Amramp Installs 50 ft. Ramp in Hours

Posted on Fri, Feb 26, 2016


Amramp Dallas/Fort Worth installed a temporary 50 foot ramp less than 24 hours after approval to help a construction company addressing an emergency sewer problem in a Texas residential area. Families in four homes could not get into the street or cross the street due to two 18" pipes blocking their passage. The construction company called Leslie Morgan, Amramp Dallas/Fort Worth and Leslie had a ramp solution installed in less than 24 hours! The construction company and the residents are very happy with how fast Amramp was able to install the ramp, and the professionalism of the entire Amramp sales and installation team.


The Amramp modular design allows us to provide emergency access like this with a custom ramp and walkway design and quick installation turnaround. The Amramp ramp walkway provides safe pedestrian access for the residents during the construction and can be easily removed when the issue has been repaired.


The Amramp system is made in South Boston, Massachusetts from recycled and 100% recyclable steel and is cost effective, energy efficient and attractive. When the walkway is no longer needed, it will be disassembled and returned to inventory to be re-used somewhere else rather than ending up in a landfill.


Amramp installs wheelchair ramps and other accessibility products throughout the US and parts of Canada at residential homes, businesses, 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. They are not a permanent modification and do not require footings so they can be installed in almost any type of weather.


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, vertical platform lifts, overhead patient lifts and other accessibility products. Visit www.amramp.com to find out more about Amramp.

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Amramp of Connecticut brightens teens’ holiday spirits

Posted on Mon, Jan 11, 2016


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Amramp ramps bring the gift of easy mobility to two needy Connecticut teens

16 year-old Jonathan Gionfriddo of Stafford Springs, Connecticut was born with a rare skin disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa; as a result, he is wheelchair-bound with a life expectancy of only 20-30 years. Each day is a struggle for him to navigate successfully.

Bob Danek of Connecticut/Eastern New York Amramp first became aware of Jonathan's situation while driving to work one day, when a local radio station program was raiding money to purchase a ramp for the boy’s home. When Bob heard that, he knew he had the perfect opportunity to provide help -- it was the same spirit of giving that recently moved Doug Draeger of Amramp Western Michigan to provide a ramp for India Williams.

Bob first got in touch with the radio station, then Jonathan's mother, then the fundraiser organizer, and finally the construction company spearheading the build of a deck and wooden ramp on the trailer where Jonathan lives. Because Jonathan's home is a rental, the landlord wanted as few modifications to the structure as possible. Bob described the Amramp alternative: a modular, steel weatherproof ramp that could be installed and removed within hours. Once the contractors, Garsan Construction, heard that there are no building permits required for Amramp ramps and that no concrete pouring would be necessary, they were immediately on board with Bob's idea.

Bob went for a site visit on a Saturday in mid-December to take measurements and returned the next day to install the ramp: a perfect Christmas present for Jonathan, who is thrilled with his brand-new deck and Amramp ramp to get him through snowy New England winters.

"He tried out the ramp with a big smile on his face, going up and down easily," says Bob.

Jonathan wasn't the only one to enjoy a brand new ramp from Amramp CT/Eastern NY; although Bob only started with Amramp in September, he has already had a successful season and an excellent response in the local market.

Shortly after Jonathan's installation, he went to perform a site inspection at the home of a girl named Mallory, a teen who became paralyzed a year prior when she was thrown from a horse. Mallory's family could not afford a ramp, but a friend decided to loan Mallory a section her own Amramp ramp to use. Bob saw that removing that piece would compromise the original ramp, and thought, "This won't do."

He provided a small ramp to Mallory and her family that fits perfectly in their garage. Mallory is ecstatic and has messaged Bob multiple times to let him know how much she loves her new ramp.

Amramp is proud of our franchisees for giving back to local communities!

Your home should be welcoming you, not worrying you

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

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Amramp exhibits at the 2015 NWCDC Conference in Las Vegas

Posted on Fri, Nov 06, 2015

Amramp exhibits at record-breaking NWCDC 2015

NWCDC Conference Logo - source: wcconference.com

For 23 years the National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference (NWCDC) has provided the best training, top industry experts, first-class networking, and all the latest technologies and services. And this year promises to be the best one yet. The 24th annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference (NWCDC) is being held November 11-13, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, with record-breaking attendance making NWCDC the industry event of the year.  

 The keynote speech this year will be delivered by Dr. Arthur M. Southam of the Kaiser Family Foundation. He will be discussing the importance of providing quality healthcare and how that can mitigate costs of chronic health conditions and other factors affecting claimants.

NWCDC conference photo with speaker onstage addressing audience - source: wcconference.com

The conference portion of the event will be providing an unmatched education on topics such as:

  • How Nurse Case Managers Add Value to Workers’ Compensation Claims
  • Managing Risks and Claims in the Age of Legalized Marijuana
  • Risk Scenarios Live! Mending Physical Medicine Failures
  • Proven Workers’ Comp Claims Management Strategies That Get Results
NWCDC Conference Photo of Expo Hall - source: wcconference.com

NWCDC is also home to the industry’s largest Expo in the nation and features more than 260 exhibitors featuring products and services to help you with your most challenging workers’ comp and disability management problems such as:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Reporting Software
  • Return-to-Work
  • Risk Management
  • Safety
  • Screening
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

Just in case this sounds like your typical conference, keep in mind that the first day of the event will be ending at Light Nightclub in Las Vegas for a night of food, drinks, and entertainment. 

Amramp is very excited to be participating at this years’ NWCDC conference. Amramp will be demonstrating all our latest products in the field of assistive technology, including:

The Amramp team representing our national network of expert installers looks forward to sharing its expertise with you. See you in Vegas!

For more on the National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference, explore the complete program on the NWCDC website.


Wheelchair ramps installed in days not weeks

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Amramp exhibits at PACE 2015 elder inclusive-care conference

Posted on Fri, Oct 09, 2015

Amramp Selected to Exhibit at the 2015 NPA Annual Conference in Philadelphia

Amramp is honored to be selected to showcase its installed accessibility products and solutions at the 2015 National PACE Association (NPA) Annual Conference, Oct. 18-21, in Philadelphia.

PACE, aka Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, develops sustainable programs to deliver medical and supportive services to elders 55 and older whom the state certifies needing nursing home-level care.

Strikingly, only about 7% of PACE participants actually reside in a nursing home. Instead, PACE provides services and preserves independence in their own homes, with community support. This event, which is held exclusively for NPA members, exists to advance Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly programs and provide networking and learning opportunities to the executive and clinical staff work tirelessly to support and promote comprehensive, quality, and cost-effective health care services for seniors.

The PACE model of care first began in the early 1970s when William Gee, a public health dentist who headed the nonprofit Chinatown-North Beach Health Care Planning and Development Corporation, hired social worker Marie-Louise Ansak to study the feasibility of building a nursing home in the community. When she found that building a nursing home would be financially impossible, she developed a comprehensive system of care based on the geriatric day-hospital model developed in the UK during the late 1950s and 1960s. Ansak then worked to obtain funding to train health care workers in cooperation with the University of California San Francisco. Since then PACE has grown considerably and currently has 107 programs operating in 32 states, where they offer services such as:

  • adult day care

  • physical, occupational, and recreational therapies

  • meal delivery

  • nutritional counseling

  • home health care and personal care

  • prescription drugs

  • social services

  • medical specialties, such as audiology, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, and speech therapy

More than 600 individuals attended the 2014 NPA Annual Conference, this year is expected to be even bigger. With more than 60 education sessions and 20 poster presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to learn and, with over 25 companies exhibiting.

This year’s keynote speaker Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency-room physician, Rhodes Scholar, author, and TED speaker. Dr. Wen received her medical training at Washington University and Brigham & Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. As a professor of emergency medicine and health policy, she co-led a national collaboration on health policy and social mission and was founder and director of Who’s My Doctor, a campaign calling for transparency in medicine. The focus of Dr. Wen’s TED talks surround patient advocacy and health care reform. She recently released a book entitled When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests. Her speaking fee will be donated to Baltimore-area and other charities.

Amramp is looking forward to being a part of this conference that shares our passion for helping seniors maintain their independence. We will be demonstrating Amramp’s latest accessibility products, including our patent-pending modular ramp system, vertical lifts, and portable showers. Looking forward to seeing all PACE members in Philadelphia!

To learn more about PACE and available services, click here to check out the website.


Wheelchair ramps installed in days not weeks

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

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