Taking It to the Next Level: A Home Ramp PrimerBy Blaustone, Jan; Quest, Vol. 15, No. 5, pp. 48-50
Publication Date: September-October 2008
Article discusses entrance ramps for making a home wheelchair accessible. ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) safety requirements for ramps are outlined, including maximum ramp slope and rise, landing size, and handrail requirements. Ramp materials such as metal, wood, concrete, and fiberglass are discussed in terms of economy, ease of construction, and durability. Types of ramps mentioned range from temporary metal modular ramps to permanent constructions made of brick, wood, and concrete. Resources for ramp plans listed include wheelchair manufacturers, hardware stores, and the Internet. Points to consider before deciding on a ramp design offered include (1) maximum weight to be supported, (2) whether the ramp will be temporary or permanent, (3) the outdoor climate, (4) how the design complements the look of the home, and (5) whether there will be room for a vehicle if a garage entrance is used. Options such as a lift/platform combination, as well as constructing two ramps to provide accessible exits, are also discussed.
Published by: Muscular Dystrophy Association (Website:http://www.mdausa.org)
Link to text: http://www.mda.org/publications/Quest/q_curr.html