Monthly Archives: October 2017

Three Easy to Use Tools to Help You Find the Right Ramp

 

When trying to decide which ramp is right for your business or home, you don’t have to do it alone! Our helpful tools can make your buying process simpler. Learn how our Incline Calculator, Incline Calculator App and Ramp Selector can ensure you obtain the correct ramp.

Incline Calculator Tool

Our Incline Calculator can help ensure the ramp you’re considering will fit the incline requirements of the installation site. When using the Incline Calculator, you must select your ramp ratio from the following options:

1:6

1:8

1:10 (IRC Acceptable)

1:12 (ADA Standard)

The ADA Standard is a great place to start, but you can confirm the ratio standards with your city or local codes. After selecting the ratio, you’ll need to enter the rise. This is the distance from the top step or landing to the ground. After entering these numbers, the Incline Calculator will generate the required ramp length, along with the slope, and grade of the ramp. However, if the rise is greater than 30 inches a platform may be required.

Our App

In addition to the Incline Calculator on our website, you can download the Incline Calculator app from the App Store for when you’re on the go. It’s perfect for contractors or home inspections. For more tips on selecting the right ramp for your needs, view our incline chart.

Ramp Selector Tool

Now that you know what length and incline your ramp needs to be, you can better select which EZ-ACCESS products are right for you. If you’re looking for a ramp that allows easier access to your home or an ADA compliant solution for your business, our Ramp Selector can assist in your search.

Our ramp selector is built to help you narrow down the selections to meet your specific needs. Because of this, all you need to do is determine what the primary purpose of the ramp will be and the ramp use type. Once you’ve identified these two, the selector recommends the proper products for your needs.

If you have questions about finding the right accessibility solution for you or your business, please contact us here.

Draw Inspiration from These Four Famous Wheelchair Users

Draw Inspiration from These Four Famous Wheelchair Users

See what perseverance, determination, and just a little bit of grit can do. Read the stories of four wheelchair users and draw inspiration from their lives when it comes to achieving great things!

  1. Aaron Fotheringham – Born in 1991 with spina bifida, Aaron has been a wheelchair user since he was eight years old. After watching his older brother at the skate park, Aaron saw a sport that he could conquer, and conquer it he did. Aaron became the first person to land a backflip, double backflip, and front flip in a wheelchair and set numerous world records through wheelchair motocross. He hopes his efforts encourage others to use their wheelchairs in unique and different ways.

 

  1. Franklin D. Roosevelt – FDR isn’t remembered as the president in the wheelchair but as the president that led a country through World War II and the Great Depression. After drinking contaminated water, FDR contracted polio, becoming paralyzed from the waist down. While it wasn’t common knowledge that he was paralyzed, his disability never prevented him from being a great leader and tackling challenges head on.

 

  1. Frida Kahlo – Known for her fiercely painted self-portraits, Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist who encountered several physical challenges throughout her life. She was born with a misshapen leg and contracted polio at the age of six. While she was a teenager, she was involved in an accident with a trolley, and became bed-ridden while her broken back healed. This eventually led to her using a wheelchair. While her dream of becoming a physician was derailed, Frida found an outlet through art and became well-known for her work.

 

  1. Tanni Grey-Thompson – Paralympian, TV presenter, and parliamentarian. These are all hats Tanni Grey-Thompson has worn. Born with spina bifida, Tanni never let this keep her from living the life she wanted. Tanni went on to win 16 medals in several Paralympic Games, becoming one of the most decorated athletes hailing from the U.K. Today, you can find Tanni coaching parathlete Jade Jones and serving as an Independent Crossbench Peer in the House of the Lords. She uses this platform to advocate for disability rights, welfare reform, and sports.

 

We hope you find inspiration in these people who continued to live out their dreams and overcame obstacles to take on the world. Who inspires you? Leave a comment below!

4 Quick Tips on How to Prepare for Natural Disasters

4 Quick Tips on How to Prep for Natural Disasters

When it comes to prepping your home for natural disasters you can never be too prepared. Lack of an emergency plan for unexpected events could be detrimental. To help you get started, here are a few tips on how you can plan for a natural disaster.

Gather Medical Supplies and Necessities

Be sure to gather and keep track of medicines, oxygen tanks, battery packs, extra medical supplies, and other daily care necessities. If you have to make a quick exit, having everything together could be the difference between continuing your care or not.

Have Cash On Hand

During these emergencies, ATMs may be overrun or not working, meaning there is no way for you to get cash. Power can go out, leaving debit and credit cards useless. By having cash on hand, you will be able to purchase necessities when an event occurs.

Document Storage

Be sure to have a fireproof and waterproof box with documents you will need in order to pick up the pieces after a disaster. These documents should include numbers to and information about your bank, creditors, health insurance, and property insurance. Specific documents should include passports, birth certificates, health records, social security cards, bank routing numbers, deeds, income tax information and more.

Plan, Plan, Plan.

The best thing you can do is put together a team of people who can assist you during a natural disaster. It’s important to review your plan with these people so they’re also prepared. You’ll also want to plan escape routes and practice using them once or twice a year. In the event of a tornado, most basements aren’t wheelchair accessible so having a back-up plan if you or a loved one use a wheelchair is important.

While we never hope a natural disaster will strike, it’s better to be prepared if something does occur. By taking these steps to prepare, you will have a plan to help aid in your safety and recovery.

If you or someone you know has been impacted by the recent hurricanes, and are looking for accessibility solutions to temporary housing, we can help. Visit our Disaster Relief Page by clicking here.

Four Creative Wheelchair Halloween Costumes

Four Creative Wheelchair Halloween Costumes

Ghosts, goblins and witches galore! Halloween is near and if you’re like most people you’re waiting until the last minute to come up with what you or your child is going to be this year. Stop your procrastinating because we’ve come up with some Halloween costume ideas that are sure to be winners in the costume contest and help your kids collect the most candy!

  1. Oscar the Grouch – Dress up as Oscar by using green fur and making your wheelchair or powerchair look like a trashcan. All you need to do is perfect your best Oscar the Grouch voice and you are dressed for the part!
  2. Kayak – With a little bit of elbow grease, you can turn a wheelchair into a kayak. All you need to do is cut the shape of a kayak out using cardboard. Decorate it how you want and get a couple of paddles to attach to the kayak. Grab your kayak clothes and hit the sidewalk to collect all the candy you can.
  3. A Car – Customize your set of wheels! If you or your kiddo are a fan of cars, racecars, tractors, – anything with a set of wheels – make it into an awesome costume for Halloween. Much like the kayak, you’ll need a little ingenuity and creativity when it comes to making these costumes.
  4. A Drum Set – Become the drummer for your favorite band by covering a hula hoop in paper, which will be your bass drum! Next, attach two large cylinders at the side of the bass drum to create your snare drums. Grab your drumsticks, put on your best rock star outfit and rock that costume down the sidewalk.
  5. A News Anchor or Late Night TV Show Host – Channel your inner Jimmy Kimmel or David Muir, by giving your chair a news desk and making yourself into a news anchor or TV show host. Put on a suit, have your note cards ready and deliver the news or jokes all night long!

We hope you found some inspiration for you or your kiddo’s next Halloween costume. If you dress up this Halloween, share your photos with us on our Facebook page. We’d love to see you all decked out!