Wheelchair Ramps: Amramp Provides Access in any Situation

8-year-old shooting victim receives Amramp ramp for Christmas

Posted on Mon, Jan 11, 2016

Amramp of Western Michigan makes paralyzed 8 year-old Detroitian's life a little easier this winter

Detroit, Michigan, is still trying to recover from the economic crash in 2008, continuing to be plagued by crime and unemployment many years later. In September of 2014, a 7 year-old girl named India Williams was playing on her bicycle on the Detroit street where she lives, when she was hit by a stray bullet from a shootout between two cars. The bullet severed her spinal cord and, as a result, she became paralyzed and needed a wheelchair.

Doug Draeger of Amramp Western Michigan learned of India's plight when he was contacted by the Detroit Fire Department, which along with local police have taken India under their wing in the year following her accident. They make regular visits to the house to check on her, take her on fun outings, and help out in various ways. The firefighters had organized a GoFundMe drive to raise money for a wheelchair ramp for India after her mother, Clinqute Williams, sprained her ankle and they saw her struggling to carry her daughter out the door for their outings.

Lt. Arnie Nowicki called Doug to find out how much it would cost to install a ramp at India's home for the GoFundMe page. Doug, compelled by the girl's story and inspired by the fire department's generosity and dedication, decided to install the ramp at no cost – just in time for Christmas.

"I know the firefighters in Detroit have a tough job; probably moreso than any other city in America," says Doug. "Houses get burned down there every day. On the street where India lives, half of the houses have been ransacked and are boarded up. It's tough to imagine a kid growing up there in a wheelchair. We wanted to make her and her mother's lives easier and also to thank the fire department for all that they do."

Amramp Wheelchair ramp for 8 year old girl caught in cross fire while riding her bike near her house

Amramp of Western Michigan installed the ramp on December 17th; Doug notes that although it was a small ramp installation, the lot where the house is situated is small and on the corner with a drastic slope to the ground, but his team was able to navigate the layout challenges successfully. The ramp will be in place for as long as India lives in the house, and Amramp’s patented steel mesh design is sure to withstand harsh Michigan winter precipitation, letting snow & ice drip through.

So far, all of the feedback that Doug has received has been extremely positive, and India loves her new ramp. Apparently, Lt. Nowicki jokingly warned her, "Now, it's not a ramp to pull wheelies on."

India's smiling response: "Why not?"

 

Your home should be welcoming you, not worrying you

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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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Amramp Philadelphia Transforms Pennsylvania Family’s Lives

Posted on Wed, Oct 07, 2015

Amramp Philadelphia teams with United Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida Association to benefit 4-year-old

4-year-old Nate testing out his new Amramp modular ramp

Four-year-old Nate can now get from his home into his Glenside, PA, yard, just like kids without Spina Bifida, thanks to grants from United Cerebral Palsy and the Spina Bifida Association. 

Nate has already been using the ramp to ride his motorized scooterboard up to our front porch and down to our front yard,” shared Nate’s mother, Jamie, “Now he just can’t wait to get his power wheelchair, and be able to get in and out of our house with it!”

4-year-old Nate testing out his new modular Amramp ramp

Nate’s parents, Jamie and Stephen worked with both UCP and SBADV to secure grants to fund the ramp and installation. The family then contacted Nick Marcellino at Amramp Philadelphia in June to ask if Amramp is willing to work with third-party organizations. 

We performed the evaluation and proposal; when the funds came through a month later, we got to work,” explained Amramp Philadelphia owner-operator Marcellino. 

Spina Bifida is a condition that occurs when the spine of a baby fails to close, creating an opening, or lesion, on the spinal column. This opening can lead to nerve damage in the spinal column, which then results in varying degrees of paralysis. 

Amramp’s patent-pending steel modular wheelchair ramp connects the family’s porch to the front yard, comprising two 4-foot-by-4-foot platforms and 25-feet of ramp. Amramp experts arrived at 9 a.m. and installation was complete in about a half-day, by 1 p.m.

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Thank you so much to the two gentlemen who installed the ramp (and the other gentlemen who were there for the evaluation previously), who were so friendly professional, efficient, and were so good with interacting with our son,” said Jamie. 

Thank you to United Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida Association of Delaware Valley for their generous financial assistance to help make this possible. Thank you also to Nick and Joyce at Amramp, for all your work to coordinate the ramp evaluation, purchase, and installation. We appreciate all of you and the work you have done to help make this happen,” Jamie said. “We can't thank you enough for everything!”

Every ramp or accessibility product that we install is very meaningful to the Amramp team in all 45 locations across North America, because we know that our efforts are improving individual’s lives and their loved ones, too.

We just changed a little boy’s life and his parents for the better,” said Marcellino, “Very humbling.”

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Amramp exhibits at Abilities Expo Boston 2015

Posted on Mon, Sep 21, 2015

Recap of Abilities Expo 2015 in Our Hometown of Boston! 

Abilities Expo Logo 

Amramp had an exciting weekend at this year's Abilities Expo, which was held the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (Hall C) September 18-20. This annual convention is unique in that it is geared toward all ages and all disabilities. There was 3 days of workshops, cutting-edge assistive technology, and fun activities for the whole family. Everyone from children with disabilities to aging seniors was welcome and the event was free.

The workshops offered at the conference covered a wide range of topics but some of the highlights included:

Floor mural by  Zot Artz Art Happening using adapted art tools

Since this conference is, at is core, meant to serve the entire community from children to wounded veterans to seniors, as well as their families and caregivers, there were many fun activities and events for everyone to enjoy, including:

 One Abilities Expo exhibitor demonstrating the most cutting edge assistive technology

Amramp is honored to have been counted among the exhibitors who were demonstrating the most cutting-edge assistive technology including:

We had a great time at Abilities Expo and are looking forward to next year!

 

Wheelchair ramps installed in days not weeks

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Special Orders Don’t Upset Us!

Posted on Fri, Aug 02, 2013

Amramp’s modular, design flexibility provides wheelchair ramp solution for a law office in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada

A law firm in Westaskiwin, Alberta, Canada needed to provide wheelchair access for its office. This commercial wheelchair ramp was tricky to design and to fit in the limited, difficult space allowed. It also required additional special order platforms to the fit on the porch for a compliant landing. The ramp then had to stay within inches of the property line.

Lorne Wensel, our Amramp Alberta franchise partner, worked with Mike Bucceri one of our corporate engineers to design the ramp and the special order platforms. Because Amramp manufactures all of our own ramp material, we were able to create the perfect ramp for this project and ship it to Alberta, Canada quickly. Mike also provided engineering drawings that were used for the permit.

The ramp was two inches from the A/C unit when done! The building inspector passed the ramp with flying colors. The Amramp steel ramp was the only ramp that could be built in a side yard so close to the building because it is non-combustible. Wood and aluminum are combustible materials.

Amramp installs accessibility ramps throughout the United States and parts of Canada at businesses, residences, schools and institutions. Amramp is North America’s leading ramp company specializing in sturdy, customizable ramps for disability access.

Ramps can be installed temporarily for short term 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), the Alberta Barrier Free Design Guide and are available for sale or rental with no minimum time frame and no ramp size restrictions. The unique, perforated steel mesh ramp surface has an open pattern, allowing moisture to drain, reducing the possibility of a slippery ice surface or mold build-up.

Amramp also installs stair lifts, vertical platform lifts and other accessibility solutions. Please contact our National Customer Service Center 888-715-7598 or visit our website at www.amramp.com

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