Category: Disabled Travelers

How to Make Travel a Breeze this Summer

It’s the time for sunscreen, sunshine and some plain, old summer fun! If you’re looking for travel ideas or tips to make sure all your summer adventures in your wheelchair go off without a hitch, you’ve come to the right place! Next time you’re planning a trip or packing for one take these tips into consideration!

Cruises: While some cruises are more accessible than others, they are said to be some of the most wheelchair friendly vacation options. Cruise ships sailing in and out of U.S. waters should be ADA compliant and ships are so large now room to get around shouldn’t be an issue. Some of the best cruise lines to look at include Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruises, and Holland America.

Hotels: Shop around when looking for the right hotel. Once you’ve found a few you like give them a call to discuss their amenities, accessibility and any other information you may require. Even if you’ve booked a room requesting a roll-in shower or any other amenities, be sure to follow up a few days before your trip to confirm your room is equipped for your needs.

Flying: One way to reduce travel stress is to book flights with longer layovers. This allows for more time to get to gates or to reassemble any equipment. If your chair does need to be disassembled to enter the aircraft attach directions so the crew can understand and help simplify the process.

General: If you’re traveling via car or van always ensure maintenance is completed before you embark on your road trip! The best tip of all is to plan ahead – you can never be too prepared for your trip in land, air or sea!

Q&A: Find the Mobility Gear You Need to Hit the Road

The sun is shining and the days are longer, making it the perfect time to load up for an outdoor adventure with your family!  However, for those in mobility devices, hitting the road can come with potential obstacles. In order to get the portable ramp that fits your unique needs so that you can travel safe, it’s not enough to simply buy the first available option. To get the customized solution necessary, EZ-ACCESS breaks down the facts so that you can get the right fit, the first time!

How Do I Find the Right Ramp?

Step One: In order to get the correct size, measure the height of your vehicle’s landing or top step that you’ll be using your mobility device on. If you are unable to get out and measure this height, look up the manufacturer’s specifications for your vehicle.

Step Two: In addition to the height of your vehicle landing or top step, find the recommended degree of incline for your mobility device in your manual or on the manufacturer’s website.

Step Three: Next, you’ll need to take the rise you found for your vehicle and your recommended degree of incline to the EZ-ACCESS Incline Chart.  The incline chart will tell you what ramp length you’ll need to maintain a safe degree of incline for your desired height usage.

Step Four: Finally, the issue many people forget to check on is whether the portable ramp is small enough to fit into your vehicle. You can find the size of the portable ramp when it is folded for storage on our website to make sure it will easily fit into your vehicle.

Getting the right ramp to fit your needs can be a process, however, by incorporating these easy guidelines you can get the perfect match. For additional assistance, our friendly team at EZ-ACCESS is here to help make the process go smoothly. Contact us today for more information!

Find Out Why People Love Our Portable Ramps

At EZ-ACCESS, we know life doesn’t slow down for people affected by mobility restrictions. With our innovative access solutions, we can help ensure you have the tools needed to keep moving forward. With a full line of portable options available, you can find the support you need wherever you go. Find out why our customers love our portable ramps!

Suitcase® Trifold® AS Ramp

“This 8 foot long ramp has a better angle and now we can just keep my sister in her wheelchair and roll her in and out of the house. The ramp is heavy-duty aluminum construction, very solid, foldable for storage, traction material and side edges for safety. Definitely has been a good purchase for us and I’d recommend it.” – George M., Amazon User

As our largest portable ramp, the SUITCASE Trifold AS Ramp is ideal for raised landings, steps, or larger vehicles. It offers easy conversion from ramp to ground, as well as the ability to separate into two individual sections, making this portable ramp the perfect accessibility solution for your family!

Gateway™ Solid Surface Portable Ramp 

“This ramp is sleek, sturdy and easy to install. I needed a ramp for visitors to my mid-century modern house/office and dreaded the possibility of some functional monstrosity conflicting with the lines of my home. I don’t think I could have found anything better than this industrial-chic ramp.”Amazon User

With the GATEWAY Solid Surface Portable Ramp, you get the functionality you need without making any major adjustments to your home or office. Since it’s a one-piece design, no moving parts are necessary. Due to the durable aluminum materials, not only will it combat the outdoor elements, but it will also stand up to the test of time.

Transitions® Angled Entry Mat

“I absolutely love this ramp! So much so, that I’ve ordered another for the back door. I told my physical therapist about it and she was thrilled to know about it.” – Wendy R., Amazon User

To increase accessibility in your home with ease, the TRANSITIONS Angled Entry Mat is the perfect noninvasive solution. Accommodating for both inside and outside doorways, our mat is made with 100 percent recyclable fiber and available in three different colors.

For those living with limited mobility, getting the perfect access solution is a necessity. With a large variety of both portable and modular ramp options, EZ-ACCESS has a customized answer no matter your situation. Contact our team today to learn more about how we can help!

4 Tips for Traveling with Disabilities

 

Traveling brings plenty of opportunities for families to create treasured memories, seek historic sights and reconnect. However, for individuals with limited mobility, it can also bring potential complications. At EZ-ACCESS, we believe that the ability to explore should never be limited. That’s why we offer these important safety travel tips so that you and your loved ones can enjoy adventure, without sacrificing safety.

1.) Create a Plan

Although new cities are exciting, unfamiliar areas can be potentially dangerous for people traveling with disabilities. To avoid any possible problems, make sure to research the doctors and physicians in the area. Medical associations within the city are also a great source of information and may offer solutions in identifying accessible attractions and restaurants.  For those that rely on wheelchair assistance or need medication, make sure to bring spare equipment in case of malfunction. If you are renting any medical equipment, be sure to arrange it in advance. Calling to double check that everything is in order before you depart is also a good practice.  Above all, make sure you have the essential contact information for your doctor, and inform them of where and when you will be traveling. Doing so ensures that they will be ready to help in the event of an emergency.

2.) Use a Travel Agency that Specializes in Disabilities

It may seem simple to set up personal trips or flights without professional assistance, however, doing so can cause potential problems in the long run. By utilizing an agency that specializes in travel for the disabled, you can eliminate stress and ensure that no detail is overlooked. These agencies help arrange access to handicap vehicles as well as accessible transportation and lodging. Additionally, if any problem does arise, you can contact them for help throughout your trip.

3.) Prepare for Your Flights

If you will be flying, don’t arrive at the airport without first researching the layout. Details such as bathroom location can help in case of an issue. Make sure to give yourself an extra one to two hours prior to departure in order to get through security. Don’t forget to pack emergency equipment in your carryon as well. For catching connecting flights, 90 minutes is recommended for a layover. If you need assistance while boarding, be specific with your requests especially if it includes lifting or handling. Additionally, don’t forget to request a specialty seat or supply any dietary restrictions ahead of time.

4.) Get the Right Gear

For those traveling by vehicle, bringing your mobility scooter or power chair along for the ride can be a potential obstacle. That’s why we are making traveling easier with Haulway® vehicle lifts from EZ-ACCESS. Available in a variety of weight capacities, these lifts can easily be attached to a wide range of vehicles to ensure you have the assistance you need to keep moving. To find the right lift for you, contact our team today!

Travel can be hectic but the experience of sharing new adventures with loved ones makes it worthwhile. With these tips, you can help eliminate stress and avoid potential emergencies. At EZ-ACCESS, it is our ultimate goal to create new and innovative ways for individuals affected by limited mobility to enjoy the world around them. Find out how we are taking big steps by visiting http://capabilities.ezaccess.com/.

Maximizing Your Haulway® Lift is As Easy as A-B-C!

 

Getting the security you need to travel safely can present potential complications for individuals affected by disabilities. However, with the right tools, you can maintain your independence and still enjoy treasured experiences with your loved ones. So how do you start? By memorizing the alphabet!

A: Access

To get the customized solution you need to travel safely, Haulway vehicle lifts offer several options so you can securely enjoy the ride. With these lifts, you can take your mobility scooter or power chair with you when you travel and get the peace of mind you need to stay safe and active.

B: Boost

At EZ-ACCESS, we are committed to continually advancing our products so that you can get the most efficient access solution possible. That’s why we are proud to introduce our HAULWAY Scooter and Power Chair Lift portable battery pack option. Not only does this allow for increased ease of installation and a Plug-N-Play solution, but it does not require a direct connection to the vehicle’s battery. To keep your lift moving, simply install the battery pack near the license plate holder on your lift with the provided bolt-on tray. Once it is fully charged, your lift will be able to perform approximately 20 to 30 cycles, depending on the weight and current temperature. Since the Plug-N-Play option does not require wiring to the vehicle, there is no invasive assembly required.  Featuring a durable and weather-resistant case as well as a status indicator for easy reading, this portable battery pack is the perfect investment in getting the most out of your HAULWAY vehicle lift!

C: Contact

With the Haulway vehicle lift, you can ensure you have access no matter where your travels take you. By utilizing the battery pack option, there is no limit to where you can go. To get started on your journey, the team at EZ-ACCESS is here to help. Learn more about the advantages of the Haulway portable battery pack by contacting us today!

Lift Off for Safety with HAULWAY® Vehicle Lifts!

 

Traveling can bring potential problems for those who use a scooter or power chair. Although mobility devices create a safe and easy aid in completing daily tasks, they also can cause difficulty when using vehicles. At EZ-ACCESS, security is our primary concern. To stay active no matter where you go, Haulway vehicle lifts provide the perfect safety solution for you and your loved ones. Available in three models, these scooter and power chair lifts attach to a wide range of vehicles and provide you with the customized solution you need to keep moving forward.

Get the Job Done with the Haulway Heavy Duty Scooter and Power Chair Lift

No matter your mobility restrictions, life does not slow down! For heavy-duty security and functionality, the Haulway® Heavy Duty Scooter and Power Chair Lift has got you covered. Designed for large scooters and power chairs with a weight capacity of 325 pounds, it makes transportation a breeze. Featuring auto-retractable ratchet tie-downs and an automatic fold system, this vehicle lift gives you the support you need to obtain the freedom you deserve.

Find the Right Fit with the Haulway Standard Scooter and Power Chair Lift

Our most popular automatic external lift solution, the Haulway® Standard Scooter and Power Chair Lift is designed with your convenience in mind. With a weight capacity of 275 pounds, the lift is equipped to carry medium to large three to four wheel scooters or medium-sized power chairs. Available for use on vehicles with a Class II or Class III hitch, the Haulway Standard Scooter and Power Chair Lift is the perfect way to enjoy life on the road!

Keep it Simple with the Haulway Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift

For lightweight mobility devices, the HAULWAY Lite Scooter and Power Chair Lift is the perfect solution! Featuring a 175-pound weight capacity and an automatic tilt to secure your mobility device over steep inclines; this vehicle lift is the perfect way to transport your smaller mobility unit with ease.

Traveling with disabilities can be complicated but, with the right gear, you will be on the go in no time. To find the right fit for your travel needs, the EZ-ACCESS® Haulway® Lift Master is the simple way to find out which lift is ideal for your mobility device and vehicle.

At EZ-ACCESS, we are not only committed to ensuring you have the mobility solutions you need to enjoy life to the fullest, but we are devoted to continual improvement. That’s why we are proud to introduce the new Haulway portable battery pack. To find out more about this exciting new product, contact our team today!

4 Portable Ramps to Make Accessing Holiday Gatherings Easier

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With the winter months fast approaching, so are the coming annual celebrations with your friends and family. If you have a loved one with mobility restrictions, consider trying one of these four portable wheelchair ramp options this holiday season.

  • In the Suitcase® Singlefold AS Ramp , you will find one of the most user-friendly portable Suitcase ramps on the market. By removing the hinge pins, it can easily separate into two lightweight sections with usable handles. This portable option is also compatible with the Top Lip Extension for additional convenience and comfort.
  • For a light, durable ramp use the Suitcase® Singlefold GF (Graphite Fiber). Made of glass reinforced graphite fiber, this ramp is fitted with a non-protruding hinge so that it can be easily transported. Available in five sizes, and featuring a non-slip surface, this ramp makes the perfect tool to assist guests at your upcoming holiday party.
  • If you need immediate access, the Suitcase® Singlefold Ramp has got you covered. Created from lightweight aluminum, it features an easy-to-carry design. The ramp features a slip-resistant tread perfect for combating winter weather.
  • The largest portable ramp from EZ-ACCESS, the Suitcase® Trifold®  AS Ramp features a unique 3-fold design. With an added slip-resistant surface and self-adjusting bottom plates, this ramp is perfect during large scale family gatherings. It can also serve to help haul heavy holiday decorations too!

At EZ-ACCESS, we know that the holidays deserve to be shared with everyone. To learn more about portable wheelchair ramps for your home, contact our team today.

Stay Cool in a Wheelchair: Beat the Heat

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June is a month that kicks off summer and the heat is in full force. You are trying to figure out ways to stay cool in your wheelchair and beat the heat. Not only does EZ-ACCESS specialize in ramps of all kinds, but we have come up with ways for you to stay cool in a wheelchair.
Sometimes it can be frustrating to be in a wheelchair when the sun is beating down, but you don’t want to miss out on the fun summer activities. Even on the hottest of days, you can enjoy the sun as long as you take proper measures to stay cool and beat the heat.
Staying hydrated is first and foremost the best thing you can do for yourself during the hottest of days. While in your wheelchair, it may get irritating to constantly have to reach in your bag for that bottle of water or have it sitting by you. Although irritating, it is important to always drink water because staying hydrated is important to your health. A great way to stop the irritation of having your water bottle sitting next to you all the time is to get the Underneath Carrier for your wheelchair from EZ-ACCESS.
A few ways to stay cool in a wheelchair are to cover the arm rests, sit on a towel or pillow for comfort, or carry a mist fan. By covering the arm rests, you will keep the sun from beating on the dark colored power chair. You can also cool off by having a cold towel on your neck for relief from the summer heat. Are you now wondering where you would store all of these items when they are not in use? Try the Wheelchair Pack to store anything from cooling solutions to your favorite book.
EZ-ACCESS takes a special interest in your safety and wellbeing. We see the importance of finding ways to stay cool in a wheelchair. Always staying hydrated is essential to keeping cool and having cooling solutions with you at all times in your wheelchair’s storage bag can make time spent outside in the summer heat more enjoyable.
We hope these ideas to stay cool in a wheelchair were helpful because we want you to be as comfortable as possible while making memories outside at the park, with the family, or in anywhere you go this summer.

Best Cruises for Disabled Travelers

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Are you worried about finding a cruise line that will accommodate your needs? EZ-ACCESS is here to put your worries aside because there are plenty of cruise lines that are wheelchair accessible for disabled travelers.
Whether you want to go to Alaska or the sandy beaches of the Caribbean, many cruise lines offer rooms that can accommodate you with ease. There are several cruise ships that are well known for their special features and accommodations for those who live with a disability.
EZ-ACCESS has provided you with a list of cruise lines and specific ships that are the most accommodating for disabled travelers:
Royal Caribbean:
Many of Royal Caribbean’s ships are among the largest cruise vessels to ever be built. Bigger ships mean that the cruise line can provide more activity for wheelchair users some of the most spacious rooms and decks. The Freedom-class, Radiance-class, and the Vision-class ships offer lifts in the pool and spa areas so you can experience the freedom of enjoying the cruise ship’s on-board waters. They all have a number of accessible rooms for convenience.
Celebrity Cruises:
This cruise line focuses on accessible shore excursions for wheelchair passengers. Celebrity Cruises has put an effort into making their ships more disability friendly and compliant with the American with Disabilities Act, which outlines standard features that should be available to wheelchair users. The focus of this cruise line’s accessibility is on the spa services wheelchair users can receive and shore excursion experience for wheelchair users.
Disney Cruise Line:
These cruise ships are particularly targeted to families with disabled children because they make the experience accessible for them. The Disney Cruise’s mission is that children should be able to participate in youth programs regardless of their physical ability. The theaters onboard offer wheelchair accessibility and the Disney private island, Castaway Bay is able to be used by all visitors including wheelchair users.
Holland America:
Holland America has partnered with Special Needs at Sea to offer passengers the same experience all other visitors get. They provide certain wheelchairs for those in need and other special equipment. Additional in room equipment can be provided by the cruise line.
EZ-ACCESS has provided you with a variety of options if you are thinking about taking a cruise to any destination. Whether you are looking to relax or explore, these cruise lines offer a wide array of options for to meet the needs of disabled travelers.