Accessibility Ramps For The Physically Challenged!


Access ramps are the mobility assistive devices used to meet the daily requirements of the physically challenged. These are generally made of aluminum or steel and can be used to load goods or provide access to the disabled. These ramps come in different varieties to cater to the various needs of the disabled people.

Disabled access ramps may be portable or stationary. Portable ramps include folding, track, roll-up and telescoping ramps. Threshold ramps are one of the stationary ramp varieties. There are also ramp kits that are used for wheel chair, scooter, prams and lawn movers and so on. Plain ramps help bridge uniform height differences. These are very sturdy and at the same time light weight and thus easy to carry and use.

To meet the temporary requirements of the disabled, wide ramps and wide-folding ramps are used extensively. Wide-folding ramps are convenient to store, use and carry. These are of great help in cases, where space is a constraint. Easy-fold ramps are used for wheel chairs, power-driven chairs and scooters. In cases of threshold or room differences, threshold ramps come handy. They help equalize differences in threshold heights.

Track ramps are used on steps while roll-up ramps help to plug the gap over steps and elevated landings. Telescoping ramps aid in making vehicles accessible. Mobile boat ramps are also being used by the disabled people very frequently. There are ramps that help wheel chairs and scooters to roll up as well as roll down.

Accessibility ramps help to provide connectivity between the higher and the lower ends of a stairway, thus assisting in wheel chair to roll over by providing a slope. Ramps for small step ups are also available while adjustable ramps have provisions for adjustments in height, so that these can be used for different height of steps.

Ramped access is a common sight in several public places and also at entry and exit points of buildings in some countries. The access ramps and ramped access points have helped resolve commuting problems for the disabled. These assistance aids have brought the outside world closer for these special people. In today’s world, with the assistance of modern science and technology, a handicap person seems to have overcome his disability, so much so that now no individual can be called ’disabled’, for disability is now passé.