Wheelchair Ramps: Amramp Provides Access in any Situation

Amramp experts at National Workers' Comp Disability Conference

Posted on Mon, Nov 28, 2016

Amramp shares installed accessibility innovations at NWCDC, nation's leading workers' compensation conference

 

For 24 years, the National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference® (NWCDC) has provided the best workers' compensation and disability management training available. Attracting thousands of industry professionals this year in New Orleans as well as more than 260 vendors, the NWCDC is the nation's leading event for anyone involved in the workers' compensation.

 

In 2015 alone, this industry assisted some 2.9 million Americans who experienced nonfatal workplace injuries in the private sector, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

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NWCDC organizers selected 260+ vendors of claims management software, cost containment solutions, managed care services, medical/pharmaceutical products, RTW services, risk management solutions, and much more: “There's no better place to find, compare, and contrast all the products, tools, and services to help you with your toughest workers’ comp and disability management challenges.”

 

Wheelchair manufacturer and installer Amramp will be exhibiting hand-selected innovative accessibility products, including the ADA-compliant, patented modular ramp system.

 

 

Attendees can also complete continuing education credits, approved for AAOHN, CDMSC, CCMC, CRCC, CWCP, and HRCI.

 

NWCDC kicks off with an opening keynote by Tim East, Director of Corporate Risk Management at The Walt Disney Company. “Fueling Injury Recovery With Engaged Workers” focuses on engaging injured workers in their own recovery. Resolving claims, East advocates, “produces better outcomes for both the employer and employee.” East will discuss how changing demands for technological experiences provide clues for how workers’ comp must evolve to meet the claims experiences workers now demand.

 

One of the myriad mega-sessions includes: “Preventing Prolonged Disability by Assessing and Eliminating Psychosocial Barriers” by Marcos Iglesias M.D., VP & Medical Director at The Hartford. A common challenge for workers’ compensation and disability managers is the conundrum caused by different individuals with the same medical conditions having widely dissimilar recovery durations. Since risk factors for delayed recoveries and disparate functional outcomes can be uncovered and addressed, Dr. Iglesias will “provide practical tools and interventions for mitigating psychosocial risk factors as well as examine how to help workers reengage with normal life activities through measures such as a biopsychosocial model of health.” Dr. Iglesias draws from his experience overseeing the development and implementation of comprehensive disability management solutions that focus on early identification of psychosocial risk factors and appropriate early interventions.

 

With 45 locally owned and operated locations across the US – and now in Canada – Amramp is dedicated to helping injured employees and anyone experiencing mobility challenges regain their freedom. Wheelchair manufacturer and installer Amramp’s installed innovative accessibility products, includes 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.

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Amramp Provides Access for Keystone Military Families Food Bank in Shoemakersville, PA

Posted on Mon, Nov 21, 2016

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Keystone Military Families Food Bank is an organization based in Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania that has been assisting deployed troops, veterans and military families since 2002. Their goal is to provide support to the military community while preserving their dignity. They are currently operating a food bank at their Shoemakersville center, serving from 40 to 60 families weekly. They found that some of their families had difficulty accessing the center because it was not wheelchair accessible. They turned to Nick Marcellino to install a wheelchair ramp. Nick and Amramp Philadelphia team were honored to be able to be able to help and provide the ramp.

 

It was a very moving moment when the ramp was completed. It brought tears to the eyes of the staff members. They were all so thankful that the food pantry was now wheelchair accessible for everyone to be able to access safely and easily.

 

Keystone Military Families functions as a resource center and assists Veteran families in finding whatever type of help is needed, from rent assistance to job searches and counseling services. There is an in-house counselor provided by the Lancaster Veterans Center to assist individuals or families with mental health and reintegration issues. KMF works closely with the VA Hospitals, Veterans centers in 5 counties and other organizations that provide assistance. They are a close knit community that is proud to serve our military members, our veterans and their families.

 

Our military and veterans have given up many things in their service to our country. Those who are deployed should not have to worry if their kids have enough breakfast before school or if the baby will have diapers and food. Many spouses lose jobs when they transfer to a new area with their military member. There are several hundred thousand combat injured vets who are waiting for a medical determination and have no income during the up-to 18 months that determination can take. There are a host of other reasons they end up in a tight money squeeze and the bottom line is they just need some help to get through this crisis and back on their feet.

An added benefit to the pantry is that we work very closely with the Family Action Center Specialists, the VA Hospital, SSVF, Salvation Army, Veterans Centers in 5 counties and many military support organizations and groups. When someone comes to the pantry we can also assess their current needs and direct them to the other sources of help they may qualify for. We do not cover electric or heating bills but we know of 3 other organizations that do so we can get them set up with an appointment. We do not handle any medical issues but if they appear to need some sort of medical evaluation we can get an appointment set up with the FACS to get things rolling.

If you are interested in volunteering or providing assistance in some way, please call Keystone Military Families at 610-698-2122 and they will get you set up with something that fits your abilities.

 

Amramp is the leading company in the United States specializing in steel modular 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 for residential and commercial use 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 and stairlifts to allow people to access multi-level homes and buildings.

 

Amramp Philadelphia, located in Broomall, Pennsylvania provides modular wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, vertical platform lifts, vehicle lifts and home modifications, including barrier-free bathrooms, walk-in tubs, zero step showers, railings, and other accessibility products in Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware, Bucks, Montgomery and Berks counties in Pennsylvania and parts of Gloucester, Camden and Burlington counties in New Jersey.

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Amramp partners with Texas Boy Scout to make camp cabin accessible

Posted on Fri, May 13, 2016

When future Eagle Scout Joshua Price needed a service project, he decided to make a difference for his troop leader’s daughter, who uses a wheelchair. Her mother, a local camp director, and father would carry her in and out of the cabins, which were not handicap accessible. Seeking an Eagle Scout project that would help not only those he knew but also other campers with mobility issues, 17-year-old Joshua set out to change that.

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A group of Boy Scouts in Fort Worth Texas work to install a wheelchair ramp. 

 

His project took two years of planning, stymied by “not being very good at measuring things,” Joshua explained. Another Scout mom, Renee Herman, had experience in construction management and social media. With Renee’s help, he kicked off his fundraising efforts on social media. After seeing a Tweet about the Eagle Scout project, Amramp President Julian Gordon wanted to help, too.

 

“I got my Eagle done faster than I ever expected, which is ironic because it was a day I had dreaded for so long, because of the measurements,” Joshua, below, shared.joshu_amramp_eagle_scout.jpg

 

“We worked with Joshua to get him the correct configuration and materials he needed to make the project ADA-compliant and safe,” said Leslie Morgan of Amramp of Dallas Fort Worth and Northern Texas.

 

On Saturday, February 27, 2016, close to 40 individuals arrived at Broadway Baptist Church campground on Eagle Mountain Lake in Fort Worth, Texas, to help install the wheelchair ramp.

 

Wheelchair ramp pro installers Scott Hilleger, Kenny Dykes, Ryan Morgan, and Leslie Morgan of Amramp of Dallas Fort Worth and Northern Texas were only able to provide behind-the-scenes assistance. The DFW Amramp team of expert installers was given the task of taking pictures, since the Eagle project requires the candidate to be fully in charge. 

 

But the Amramp team made sure Joshua was well-prepared. “Prior to the installation, we sent Joshua installation videos and installer and end-user checklists as guides,” Leslie said.

 

The ADA-compliant ramp handles an elevation of 14 inches and includes a 5'x5' platform, an 8-foot-section, a 4-foot-section, a bottom plate, a top plate, full rails, loops, a gate and a step.

 

“Leslie was awesome: Supportive and there to advise the whole time,” Joshua said. “She showed us how to unload and set pieces on the ground so they didn’t get muddy. The Amramp pros showed us how to assemble one of the platforms so we could do the rest by ourselves.”amramp_dallas_eagle_scout_2.jpg

 

“It would have taken far longer without them there … a multiday project,” Joshua shares. The end result was a safe and high-quality ramp that was properly installed. "We had so much help, the Scouts were able to work on other projects around the camp, like cementing signposts and cleaning out a fire pit that hadn’t been cleaned in years,” Joshua said.

 

“For the first time, those with mobility concerns will be able to enjoy the campground. And the Camp Director and Troop Leader’s 21-year-old daughter won’t have to be carried into a cabin ever again,” Leslie said.

 

“What I love about Amramp is being able to make such a big difference in people’s lives – freedom to go where you want, retaining one’s dignity and independence – most people don’t often think about these things until their mobility is compromised.” Leslie shares.

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The finished ramp, installed alongside the camp cabin. 

 

 

“It’s especially meaningful,” Leslie continued, “to be able to work with a teen like Joshua, who not only helped so many people who need it but also for taking on a big challenge and leading it smoothly.”

 

Joshua’s Eagle Scout ceremony is set for June 4th.

 

Wheelchair manufacturer and installer Amramp offers innovative accessibility products, including the ADA –compliant, patented modular ramp system. On-site estimates are free and installation is generally within days, often within 24 hours.

 

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

 

 

Increasing mobility everywhere — Scout’s honor

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Amramp at NY Metro Abilities Expo - April 29 - May 1

Posted on Thu, Apr 28, 2016

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Amramp will be at the New York Metro Abilities Expo on April 29 - May 1, 2016 at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center, where we would like to introduce you to all the great things we have to offer! This is the biggest Abilities Expo ever, so you can also look forward to the latest products and services, information-packed workshops and fun activities for the whole family. Don’t miss THE leading event for people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals.

 

There is no charge for admission so come and see:

 

Don't keep it to yourself! Bring your family. Tell your friends. With all of its life-enhancing possibilities, this event is a must-attend for anyone in the Community.

Visit www.abilities.com/newyork as often as possible to check out new show features. Or start the conversation now on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for their monthly e-newsletter.

 

Abilities Expo New York Metro will be here before you know it so mark your calendar now, Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1 at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center. Stop by and visit the Amramp Team at Booth 135 to learn more about how Amramp makes your life accessible with our wheelchair ramps, stairlifts, vertical platform lifts and other accessibility products. Click here for directions and parking.

 

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Wheelchair ramps – RENT or Buy | Lifts | Home Modifications | And more!

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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

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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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ADA Consumer Rights for People With Disabilities

Posted on Wed, Sep 23, 2015

Knowing Your Rights: How to tell and what to do when a business isn't ADA compliant 

Amramp is proud to be an ADA compliant manufacturer and count ourselves among the many groups working tirelessly to help people with mobile restrictions achieve equal opportunity, accessibility, and independence. Ideally, all companies would want to invest the time and money necessary to make their goods and services accessible to everybody, and Amramp’s expert installers all across the U.S. – and now in Canada – would like to help make it easy.

However, it pains us to see that there are some businesses who don't feel that same sort of responsibility. So, the next best thing that we can do is help to educate our customers about their rights under the Americans With Disability Act (ADA). That is why we have put together this helpful guide explaining how to tell if a business is in compliance with ADA standards and what you can do about it if they're not.

2000px US NationalCouncilOnDisability Seal.svg resized 600In essence, the ADA (specifically Title III) requires any public entity, for profit and non-profit alike, to remove all physical “barriers” that would inhibit a disabled patron from accessing their goods and services, and to modify any policies or procedures which are discriminatory against disabled people, and to provide aid and services to people who are sight, speech, or hearing impaired in the ways that are “readily achievable.”

The term “readily achievable” allows for variances in the size and resources of each business. For example, a large business with ample resources would be expected to do more to remove barriers than a small business with limited resources. It also allows for changing economic conditions where resources may become more limited. That does not, however, permanently excuse any business from eventually coming into compliance with ADA standards. As resources become available, all businesses are expected to make the necessary changes.

What are the ADA standards?

There are quite a few and there are different conditions for certain facilities, such as those built before 1993, when ADA first went into effect. For the purposes of this article, we'll go over the most important standards. For more details, check out ADA Guide for Small Businesses and 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

  • Accessible Parking – If public parking is provided for a place of business, accessible parking is also required, if readily achievable. Accessible parking is defined as a clearly marked spot (using the international sign of accessibility), that is at least 8-feet-wide and has a designated access aisle that is at least 5-feet-wide to either the right or left of the space. A van-accessible space requires an access aisle that is at least 8 ft. wide to allow for a person using a scooter or wheelchair to exit the vehicle using a side-mounted lift. One of eight of all accessible parking spaces must be van-accessible. These spaces should be located as close as possible to the accessible entrance and must have an accessible route connecting them that cannot comprise of any stairs or steep slopes.

  • Accessible Entrance – All businesses are required to provide an accessible entrance, if readily achievable. This can be accomplished by either having:

     

    • A sufficiently wide entrance (36-inches) on level ground

     

    • Offering an alternate accessible entrance whose location is clearly indicated with a sign

It is also important that the door hardware is usable by people who might have difficulty grasping, such as a lever or loop-type handle. If it is not achievable to have an accessible entrance, the goods and services must be provided in some other way. This could be home delivery, take-out, curbside delivery, or some alternate service. .

  • Maneuvering Space – When determining the space between shelves and displays, businesses should maintain a width of 36-inches, if readily achievable. Also, if there are steps within a facility that makes some parts of a business inaccessible, the business must make those goods available to everyone by

    • Adding a ramp or lift

    • Having staff to retrieve those items

Staff is also responsible for retrieving items that are out of reach of someone using a mobility device and providing information about a product or service to someone who is visually impaired.

  • Accessible Counters and Seating – An accessible sales or service counter should be at least 36-inches-long and no more than 36-inches-tall, if readily achievable. A food service counter, on the other hand, should be at least 60-inches-long and no more than 34-inches-tall, if readily achievable. If tables are provided and some are fixed (attached to the wall or floor) at least 5% of the tables must be accessible to be compliant. This means a surface height somewhere between 28-and-34-inches-tall. A clear floor area of 30-inches-by-48 inches is also required and it must extend 19-inches under the table to provide leg and knee clearance. These specifications apply to both indoor and outdoor seating.

  • Policies and Communication – ADA standards also require businesses to examine their policies and procedures and change any that could be discriminatory against those with disabilities. This is referring to things like allowing service animals in a store that would usually not allow any animals or keeping open checkout counters that can accommodate those using a mobility device. It also requires businesses to review communication between staff and disabled customers, such as writing notes for people with hearing or speech disabilities and making it easier for customers who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD).

Should you find that any business is not in compliance with these standards, you can file a complaint of Title III violations with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). If you have any questions about ADA you can also call the Department of Justice ADA Information Line, toll-free (1-800-514-0301 voice and 1-800-514-0383 TDD).

If you are a business owner needing assistance with ADA compliance, Amramp’s accessibility experts can help.

 If you are a business who wants to be fully compliant with ADA standards

Call Amramp today to schedule a free on-site estimate

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

 

Tags: ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA standards

Amramp Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the ADA!

Posted on Fri, Jul 24, 2015

ADA 2th Anniversary

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.

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Celebrating Americans with Disabilities Act Awareness Day

Posted on Thu, Jul 24, 2014

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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