Category: Ramps

Two Customized Ramps

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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted wheelchair ramps for a mother with multiple sclerosis. The individual lives in an older-style house with slight changes in floor level at several of the doors, including the entry to the house, and she was not able to get her wheelchair over these unaided. There are commercially available ramps for such situations, but these did not fit the specific dimensions that she needed. Two customized ramps were built to solve the problem. The 4 centimeter-high step outside the bathroom door is bridged by a simple triangular plywood ramp. The ramp to the front door was more complicated, as the individual had to be able to wheel herself over the step and then turn at right angles to go down to the porch. The answer was a platform immediately next to the step, with a 90 centimeter-long ramp providing a gradual descent. When the ramp was installed, the designer felt that it needed a lip to prevent the possibility of the individual going over the edge, so this was added. When the job was finished, the porch floor and the ramp were both painted a deep grey to give a uniform appearance. The jobs TADNSW completed allowed this mother with disabilities to fulfill her role as a mother and made it easier to move more freely about her house. TITLE: Managing motherhood. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 30, Number 2, April 2010: pp. 6-7. PAGES: 3 with cover.


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TAD is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.

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