It’s a Match with the EZ-ACCESS Lift Matcher


With so many vehicle lift options out there, finding the lift that works with both your vehicle and your mobility device can be difficult.  EZ-ACCESS is always looking for ways to simplify your accessibility selection process, and the Lift Matcher has done just that for all our new HAULWAY customers.  It’s actually as easy as 1 – 2 – 3.  Follow these steps at

  1. Select your vehicle

Going back as far as 1992, select the year, make and model of your vehicle.

  1. Select your mobility device

Once your exact vehicle is selected, move to finding your mobility device.  There are over 48 mobility device manufacturers to choose from.  Select the manufacturer and then your exact mobility device.

  1. Select your EZ-ACCESS lift

After selecting your mobility device, you’ll notice all HAULWAY lifts display with a green compatible checkmark or a red not compatible x to indicate which products will work for your vehicle and mobility device.

The Lift Matcher not only displays which HAULWAY lift is most compatible with your equipment, it will also provide suggested accessories to make your device transport experience even better.   We’re talking about hitch adapters, swingaway attachments and more.

Finally, when you’re all through determining the right HAULWAY lift for you in three easy steps, you’ll be sent to that HAULWAY’s page to learn about it and find a dealer near you.  The Lift Matcher is a perfect example of what we want for you.  We want you to be easily matched up with accessibilities products that are going to meet your needs perfectly.  If you’re experiencing any difficulty with your accessibility, give us a call and let us help you find the right solution today!

What Makes the HAULWAY® Scooter and Power Chair Lift BEST IN SHOW


The EZ-ACCESS line of HAULWAY® Scooter and Power Chair Lifts expands independence with its ease of use while saving space and increasing personal mobility. We are committed to diminishing accessibility barriers through quality products, and the HAULWAY® Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift is no exception.

  1. Expanded Mobility

The HAULWAY® Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift gives you a sturdy hold while traversing steep inclines as it tilts your wheelchair or scooter. Your daily routine is made easier with the convenience of the Power Lift Chair and gives you the ability to get up and go whenever necessary.

  1. Space Saver

Easily mounted on the rear of your vehicle, the HAULWAY® Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift opens up the inside of your vehicle for more room.

  1. Simplicity

The HAULWAY® Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift is specifically designed for ease of use and expedient maneuvering. It is light and compact, while at the same time providing a secure hold and tilt as it operates. If mounted on the back side of your vehicle, the HAULWAY® Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift simply loads and raises when you’re ready to embark outdoors.

Find a dealer today and make transporting your scooter or wheelchair a breeze with the HAULWAY® Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift! Also available in Standard or HD, the HAULWAY® Scooter and Power Chair Lift can fit any and all of your mobility needs.

Visit the HAULWAY Lift Matcher to find out which HAULWAY® suits you the best.

Stay Safe with These 3 Platform Lift Enhancements

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At EZ-ACCESS, we are driven by our commitment to provide access solutions that break through barriers of daily life. The Passport Vertical Lift is a great solution for any difficult pathway, porch or platform, providing easy navigation to and from your home. With the addition of Passport Vertical Platform Lift accessories, you can get the most out of your equipment while staying safe and mobile.


  1. Passport Top Landing Gate

In order to prevent improper operation as well as keep your rider safe and protected, use the Passport Top Landing Gate. The gate provides an extra precaution, especially during the upcoming winter months. With the combination of a Pathway Connector Kit, the Top Landing Gate can also quickly be connected to a PATHWAY Modular Access System platform.

  1. Passport Platform Safety Rail

Simple installation of the Passport Platform Safety Rail enhances the stability of the rider and the lift’s operator. As snow, sleet, and ice begin to fall, the Platform Safety Rail gives you increased security when loading and unloading the lift.

  1. Passport Platform Weather Guard

Weather debris can cover and clog your platform lift. Keep your equipment clear with the Passport Platform Weather Guard. Using the Weather Guard, the Safety Pan on your Passport Vertical Platform Lift will stay clean and protected with a quick click into place.


EZ-ACCESS’s wide variety of product options will help you customize the Passport Vertical Platform Lift to get the most out of your equipment. For even more options, visit and enhance your lift and increase your mobility today!

4 Ways Someone with a Disability Can Benefit from Having a Pet

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National Dog Week has been observed the last full week of September for the past 87 years, celebrating what dogs mean to people and our society. Dogs, as well as many other pets, can provide a more fulfilling life to many. Not only are they wonderful companions, but they can help meet the needs of individuals living with a disability. We’ve compiled a list of four ways a carefully chosen pet can provide extra benefits:

Natural Companion
There is power in the relationship between a pet and their owner. Pet owners tend to be less lonely and receive much needed affection from their pet. This bond can lend itself to more social interaction and less isolation as well. Animals in public tend to be a social magnet, creating a means for daily interaction with other people, which otherwise could be uncomfortable.

Motivation and Learning
Owners push themselves to strive harder for their pet. Pets provide a means for exercise, whether it be grooming, training or simply playing fetch and other games. In addition, pets increase mind stimulation; they promote curiosity and exploration.

Emotional Support
Often a person with a disability hides difficult emotions and pain they are dealing with inside them, but a pet gives an unconditional love that provides stability. A successful relationship with a pet boosts confidence and fosters a positive mood. A pet could be the difference between a good and bad day.

Pets can act as guardians to their companions. They reassure their owner’s comfort with being alone. Pets can be trained to assist if fallen or alert help if necessary. A pet can increase self-sufficiency and promote freedom. It’s like having a personal assistant 24 hours a day!

Dealing with the day-to-day challenges of a disability can be made more bearable with the assistance of a pet. Pets can lessen the feelings of isolation, lack of motivation, and dependency. Join the team here at EZ-ACCESS in celebrating National Dog Week and show your thanks for all the canine companions you know!

Top Wheelchair Safety Tips for Fall Outdoor Activities

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As fall approaches, daytime temperatures decrease and trees begin to shed their leaves. These crisp fall days make for some of the best outdoor activities. Don’t let your wheelchair stop you from taking advantage of the season! The team at EZ-ACCESS is here to help with a few outdoor wheelchair safety tips:

Preparing for the Weather
Be sure to check the weather in your area before heading for your fall outing. Keep your eye in the sky, but also on the surface your navigating. Precipitation of any kind will make the ground you are traveling slick and prone to slipping. Remember that when using ramps, a wet surface makes uphill wheeling difficult and downhill wheeling dangerous. Most importantly, take your time.

Balancing Off-Road Surfaces
When participating in fall festivities outdoors, thicker tires work better for traversing difficult terrain. Be cautious of potholes, large rocks, and sandy areas. These hazards create an imbalance for your wheelchair. As soon as you are over the off-road surface, clean off your tires to avoid unwanted tipping or spinning.

Navigating Nighttime
Making yourself visible is the number one priority, especially in parking lots or along roadways. Keep in mind, a dimly lit wheelchair shape is unexpected for motorists, thus their response time to your presence is delayed.  Be proactive by attaching lights or reflectors to your chair before heading out on any fall excursions that may carry into the night.

Keep in mind, EZ-ACCESS can provide many wheelchair accessories to make your excursion even easier such as chair packs and covers, and welcome the fall season safely by following these tips!

Comparing Aluminum and Wooden Wheelchair Ramps

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For years, home modular ramps were constructed of wood. They helped people access their homes and allowed for custom carpentry to match the surrounding landscape. However, when aluminum ramps came on the market, the cracks in wooden ramps were exposed! Today, the team at EZ-ACCESS will walk you through a fair comparison of aluminum ramps and wooden ramps:

  • Contractors—Wooden ramps require that you hire a contractor, contact your utility provider and get permits.
  • Upkeep—Wooden ramps are a lot like wooden decks—they need regular maintenance and upkeep in order to maintain their appearance and not deteriorate. If you’re not in the position to do this sort of maintenance on your home anymore, you will need to hire someone to take care of it.
  • Time—Wooden ramps take longer to install. The construction process typically lasts two to three days, depending on the size and layout.
  • Cost—You’ll need to purchase quality lumber in order to prevent the wood from warping, in addition to any staining or waterproofing materials.
  • Maneuverability—Once built, a wooden ramp is not easy to remove, expand or reconfigure.

Aluminum ramps can address many of the issues you may experience with wooden ramps. For example:

  • Aluminum ramps are easy to install and don’t require permits.
  • They’re low maintenance, simply needing the occasional spray washing for cleanliness.
  • They can be installed in less than a day.
  • They are traditionally a more affordable option and are better for the environment.
  • They can be quickly and easily reconfigured.

Now that you know the facts, check out the best and most versatile aluminum wheelchair ramp on the market – the Pathway Modular Access System!

Best in the Industry: Everyone’s Raving About the EZ-ACCESS Suitcase® Ramps

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The Suitcase Ramp collection is specifically designed for people who need immediate, secure access, no matter the situation. Because of its sleek, light-weight design and easy-to-carry handles, people are raving about this ramp!

Check out what actual customers have said about the Suitcase® Ramps:

Sturdy and Secure

“This ramp is extremely well built: extruded aluminum ramp sections, the welds, the hinges etc. I’m a retired engineer, and I would recommend this product to anybody. Did I mention that this product is proudly MADE IN USA?”
– Anonymous

“It is sturdy and well-made and accommodates my husband’s 407.4 lb. power chair with ease. Plus being in two parts, I am able to manage it by myself a half at a time.”
– C.J.

Versatile Use

“I am in the live sound biz and use this ramp for unloading heavy pro sound equipment, sometimes I have to bridge the back of the truck to a stage or bridge a stair case. This is a very solid and safe way to load and unload gear. Folds up fast and stores in the truck easily.”
– Jim B.

“I actually bought this ramp for my aging dog and it is helping her tremendously. However, over the weekend, two of my friends carried an extremely heavy piece of furniture up the ramp (I’m guessing about 700 lbs. of total weight) and the ramp performed beautifully! I would highly recommend.”
– Anonymous

Easy and Convenient

“This has been a real improvement for dealing with my ailing parent, I am able to get her in and out of the house a lot easier and with more confidence since we have this sturdy ramp to bridge the steep step. Handy suitcase style design is just the thing to make this even more portable.”
– Willa W.

“This is a well USA made product. My father is currently using a wheelchair and I needed help in getting the wheelchair down the stairs…this product was my solution. Because it is portable, we are still able to use the stairs and when it is fully folded; it does not take a lot of room. I highly recommend this product.”
– Frances M.

The team here at EZ-ACCESS prides itself on helping customers find solutions to combat their daily access challenges. We’re proud to say our line of Suitcase® Ramps do just that!




Endless Possibilities: Exploring the Commercial/Industrial Use of EZ-ACCESS Products












Since the early 90s, EZ-ACCESS has become a household name in the homecare industry.  As a division of Homecare Products, their prime focus was portable and permanent mobility ramps for individuals with disabilities.  In recent years, however, the need became apparent for long-lasting and lightweight access solutions in the commercial/industrial market.  EZ-ACCESS’ offering was the perfect fit.  See how EZ-ACCESS’ superior ramps are the perfect solution in these specific industrial jobs:


EZ-ACCESS’ threshold mats and ramps are not just for residential use.  These versatile products make the entry transition for hand trucks or carts extra smooth while keeping your employees and products safe.

Material Handling/Delivery

When it comes to material transport, EZ-ACCESS has a variety of ramps and curb plates that make loading a truck, trailer, container or dock easy and safe.


Outside of ramps, EZ-ACCESS offers solid portable stair systems that provide reliable access to hoppers, boilers, or other machinery.


In the distribution and warehousing space, EZ-ACCESS ramps are uniquely engineered to take up minimal space and can easily be set up in a variety of areas used for loading and unloading heavy materials.


In the construction industry, safety is paramount.  This is why EZ-ACCESS portable ramps and stair systems are the best solution to quickly and safely access portable buildings or unload heavy equipment.


Transporting a cumbersome ramp along with a packed truck or trailer is a headache worth avoiding.  This is why the walk ramps at EZ-ACCESS feature a slim design. These narrow ramps are ideal when loading or unloading heavy furniture.

OSHA/Work Platforms/ADA

Permanent or portable, EZ-ACCESS keeps compliance in mind with all commercial/industrial products.  Compliant with OSHA and ADA, the Fortress and Titan product lines are easy to setup and provide safe access for all.

Completely Custom

As a full service aluminum fabrication facility, EZ-ACCESS can tackle custom solutions for a variety of jobs in recreation, education, industrial, construction and more!

At EZ-ACCESS, the aluminum accessibility capabilities are endless.  Our team loves to be challenged with a complex access issue, and are honored to provide a solution that works well for you and your needs.

Top Tips for College When Using a Wheelchair












Preparing for your college debut can be nerve-wracking!  With the start of fall classes quickly approaching, the pressure is on to prepare yourself physically and mentally for the collegiate challenges ahead.  If you or your child is starting this transition away from home, you’re not alone.  The team at EZ-ACCESS is here to provide major and minor tips for this huge milestone.

Know Your Rights

A major tip for students with disabilities entering college is to become aware of their rights and responsibilities under the law.  A great place to start is the Americans with Disabilities Act which prohibits discrimination of students with disabilities.  If you feel discriminated against or feel there is a barrier in your learning that could be addressed, know how to speak up about it and contact the appropriate campus individuals.

Know Your Abilities

In grade school, your parents and your teachers were in charge of identifying functional limitations that came up during the school day.  In college, however, that responsibility now rests on your shoulders.  Students with disabilities will need to be prepared to self-identify limitations in addition to creating an atmosphere for themselves that is conducive to their learning.  Parents have limited access to their child’s records, status and schedule unless granted by the student.  Have a talk with your family to determine what solutions may work best for you.

Know Your Support

Before college classes start, both you and your parents should walk through what support systems are in place.  Most colleges and universities offer disabilities services that will be available to discuss campus and community support, clubs, learning opportunities, adaptive technology and techniques to adjust a schedule for easier access throughout the day.

College can be a great experience for all students no matter their abilities or limitations.  Being vocal, knowledgeable and connected can help maximize your learning environment and how you experience college.  When it comes to accessibility, explore all that EZ-ACCESS has to offer in portable ramps, wheelchair packs and more!

How to Eat like a World-class Athlete












Last week, we covered how everyday adaptive athletes can improve their training using the training secrets of world-class athletes, but one major element was left out of last week’s article – food.  No matter how you train, if your diet isn’t right your training will not be as effective as it could be.  In order to help you get the most out of your training, Team EZ-ACCESS is offering these diet tips gathered from professional athlete interviews:

  1. Bananas – This fibrous fruit is packed with potassium and can contribute to the slow release of energy during those grueling morning training sessions – plus they have been proven to help your body recover faster, and are also an excellent post-training snack. They can also help protect your neuron cells, and fight against diseases such as Alzheimer’s, according to a study by Journal of Food Science.
  2. Beetroot Juice – Most commonly enjoyed by our friends across the pond, this deep red drink has shown great effects in boosting athletes’ stamina. The nitrate in the juice reduces oxygen uptake and allows athletes to exercise 16 percent longer than normal, according to the Journal of Applied Physiology.
  3. Oatmeal – What’s better than 100 percent whole grain? This filling meal choice keeps blood sugar and energy levels consistent throughout training and is a great source of fiber.
  4. Water – It’s important to stay hydrated at all times, especially when you’re training. The vice president of nutrition and research for Athletes’ Performance states that athletes should be consuming almost one ounce of water per pound of body weight daily.
  5. Chocolate Milk – Our personal favorite is the recommendation of chocolate milk as a recovery drink. Who wouldn’t want to chug a glassful after a workout?  In fact, this drink is a favorite amongst the Team USA swimmers to help their body recover between swims.

Now that you have the training and diet tips, why not prepare like a world-class athlete?  If you have questions about how gain better access to public training areas in your community, check out EZ-ACCESS’ portable ramps or wheelchair lifts today!