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3 Easy Ways for Wheelchair Users to Make Summer Travels Less Stressful

Posted on Wed, May 23, 2018

Summer travels are often overwhelming -- trying to beat the heat while also taking on never-ending lines at the airport can be the makings of wishing you’d never left home. For wheelchair users, there is the added stress of being sure that all accommodations are met to ensure a safe and comfortable experience.

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Wheelchair users and folks facing mobility issues may find these tips & tricks from Creditcard.com’s article “The fully accessible guide to flying for people with disabilities” helpful to make their flying ordeal more pleasant. 

  1.  Be sure to research all airline choices fully before purchasing tickets 

Each airline offers different accommodations, so looking into what can be provided prior to purchasing (generally non-refundable) tickets is the best bet. Major airlines such as Delta and United Airlines are equipped with many services to aid those with mobility concerns.


Delta airlines has a special group of employees, known as Complaint Resolution Official (CRO), that are specifically trained in understanding the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) disability regulations. United Airlines allows you to submit a request online for things such as

  • obtaining an aisle chair,
  • being seated in a chair with a moveable aisle armrest,
  • adjoining seats with a care-provider, and
  • extra legroom.
  1. Call your airline, hotel, and TSA ahead of time to ensure a smooth process

Once you book your ticket, it’s imperative to communicate with those you are traveling with concerning the accommodations you desire. Most are willing to work with you regarding any accommodations needed as long as you call ahead. This gives them time to prepare any equipment or employees that may be needed to assist you. You can also ask for tips on how to make your travel experience easier, such as the boarding process and TSA pre-check.

  1. Take your equipment into consideration

There’s always a chance for something to go not as planned; even the smallest travel setback can cause turmoil. Creditcards.com suggests these considerations for those with a physical disability:

  • Use your own wheelchair or mobility equipment, and check it at the gate. While airlines will provide you with one, using your own equipment can eliminate wasted time and stress from switching from yours to theirs and vice versa.
  • Bring spare parts. If it could break, assume that it will and prepare accordingly.
  • If your wheelchair needs wet-cell batteries or anything that typically isn’t allowed on airplanes, make sure to call ahead and talk with TSA about your equipment needs.
  • Find the right luggage. You want luggage that is easy to handle, protects your medical equipment, and is easy to find in a sea of suitcases.

Many problems that arise at the airport are unavoidable whether it’s lost luggage or a delayed flight, but remember the small things that can be done to prevent the headaches that could’ve been avoided.

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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

 

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

 

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

 

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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

 

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 

 

 

 

 

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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! 

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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

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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