Monthly Archives: August 2015

Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Helpful Tips for a Full and Accessible Childhood

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August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy Month and EZ-ACCESS is raising awareness about this devastating and debilitating disease. If your child lives with SMA, EZ-ACCESS is bringing you helpful tips for your child to live a full childhood.

Spinal muscular atrophy is caused by a mutation in a motor neuron gene 1. What does this mean? In a healthy person, this gene will normally produce protein that is critical to the functioning of the nerves that control our muscles. Without this protein, the nerves will eventually die leading to debilitating muscle weakness. 1 in 50 Americans is a genetic carrier.

Accessible playgrounds-

Accessible playgrounds are a new trend that is here to stay for children across the country. Nearly every state in the USA has an accessible playground, including Washington. Accessible playgrounds welcome children of all abilities and your children can play without restrictions that most playgrounds have for those in a wheelchair.

Home accessibility-

If an accessible playground is not anywhere near your home, there are still ways to entertain your child who lives with SMA. EZ-ACCESS has a variety of accessible ramps for the front, side and back doors of your home. The Pathway Modular Access System is ideal for your front door because of the sleek and easy to use ramp.  For the side door or into the garage area, a Transition Angled Entry Mat will assist the wheelchair user while going over the lip of a door. For the backdoor into the backyard or back patio, the Suitcase Singlefold AS Ramp is ideal so your child can enjoy the backyard with friends and family. This ramp is portable, so you can take it on vacations and errands.

Spinal muscular atrophy is a serious and debilitating muscle disease. EZ-ACCESS is here for all of your home accessibility needs, easily find an EZ-ACCESS ramp dealer here.

 

Ramps and Lifts for Schools: Making Back-to-School Season Accessible for All

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As back-to-school season is in full swing, it’s time for schools to consider ramps and lifts for children in wheelchairs. EZ-ACCESS has a variety of accessibility ramps and lifts to choose from for your school buildings. Today’s blog will highlight these ramps and lifts and why it’s important to have portable ramps if there are children in your school with a wheelchair.

Because of ADA guidelines, schools are required to have accessibility for wheelchair users. Even if your school may have accessibility options for children, some areas still may not be accessible because of the building being older and unable to have permanent accessibility ramps. EZ-ACCESS has portable and temporary solutions for your school building.

Titan Code Compliant Modular Access System– This fully complaint ramp is perfect for the front entrance of the school building. Many schools have seen an influx in students, so temporary classrooms in trailers are on campuses across the USA. The Modular Access System is ideal for these portable classrooms. These ramps are easily installed and easily disassembled.

Traverse Walk Ramp– This ramp option offers a safe and reliable option for young children to walk on or wheelchair users to move in and out of different classrooms and small sets of stairs. This smaller sized ramp is ideal for tight spaces and smaller school systems looking for a simple walking ramp.

Passport Vertical Platform Lift– A lift is ideal for moving to different levels of a building if an elevator is not within reach. A vertical platform lift is durable and ease to use for those who assist wheelchair users. It is approved and safe for school use because of the extensive testing done on the lift.

EZ-ACCESS hopes you are able to find the right ramp or lift for your school system. Find a local EZ-ACCESS Ramp dealer here.

Workplace Accessibility, Serving Limited Mobility Employees

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More and more pressure is put on employers to make their businesses accessible for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. We understand the importance of accessible workspaces because there are many great and talented wheelchair users who would be great at your workplace. From easily accessible pathways to accessible entrances, it is important to make your workspace accessible for everyone and EZ-ACCESS has options to do so.

Simple ways to make your office more accessible:

If you have a wheelchair user in the office for a visit or as an employee, it is necessary to keep an open concept in mind. Cubicles are great for working, but can be restricting. Consider open desks with smaller barriers so wheelchair users don’t have trouble getting through the office. Be sure to have handicap accessible doorways that are wide enough for the standard mobility device and have the handicap button to open the door.

OSHA Compliant Stair– Whether you own a construction business or run a warehouse, these OSHA Compliant Stairs are the perfect option for any workplace. The stairs are durable and easy to install in any work environment and can easily be moved from worksite to worksite. No more worrying about having to build or buy unreliable wooden stairs. These are weather resistant and sure to make it through the job.

Door Threshold Ramp– If the entrance to your business only has a small ledge and does not necessarily need an entire ramp system, consider a small threshold ramp as pictured in the link. It’s angled and durable for any season.

Passport Vertical Platform Lift– A wheelchair lift is ideal if you have a multilevel business without an elevator. It is a cost effective option for your business and it is easy and safe to operate.

EZ-ACCESS is an advocate for a safe and accessible office and workspace. Learn more about how our products can make your workplace more accessible.

Accessible Playground: What it is and how to find one near you

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Not long ago, an exciting trend began popping up across the United States, accessible playgrounds. This is an exciting trend in the playground world because it is an inclusive and accessible environment. EZ-ACCESS is dedicating this blog to telling you what an accessible playground is and how you can locate an accessible playground for your child to enjoy.

What is an accessible playground?

An accessible playground is an inclusive and accessible environment for all children to play without restrictions because of a wheelchair. These types of playgrounds make it easy for children in wheelchairs to feel like they have a place to play without thinking about their wheelchair holding them back. These playgrounds have been popping up to comply with ADA guidelines and communities that want accessible playgrounds.

How do I find an accessible playground?

There are more accessible playgrounds out there than you may think. Exciting news: nearly every state in the USA has an accessible playground! There is even a directory of accessible playgrounds so you can see which cities in your state have these playgrounds for your children to enjoy.

Where are the accessible playgrounds in Washington?

Washington has quite a few accessible playgrounds to choose from, depending on where you live.

Cresent Creek Park- Gig Harbor, Washington: This Park is an all-ability with all-inclusive play equipment for children of all abilities. The park offers access for adults of limited ability as well.

Discovery Playground and Sensory Garden- Auburn, Washington: From water jets to easily accessible pathways, this is the perfect summertime fun spot for children of all abilities. Raised plant beds at the sensory garden can help wheelchair users see all that it has to offer.

Meadow Crest Park- Renton, Washington: Another accessible part in a different area of Washington state. View all the rest of the accessible parks here.

EZ-ACCESS hopes you are able to enjoy these parks for the rest of the summer into the fall season. Learn more about our accessibility ramps for your home.