A wheelchair ramp is an inclined plane used to allow wheelchair users to more easily access a building and are installed to or instead of stairs. Portable ramps can be folded and be carried from one place to another, permanent ramps remain fixed in a place and cannot be moved while semi-permanent ones possess the attributes of both the permanent and the semi-permanent wheelchair ramps.
This kind of ramps is useful in homes, other buildings and also vehicles. It is important that during manufacture of wheelchair ramps much attention is put on how wide they should or the maximum gradient they should cover according to the laws specified in order for them to be of use.
The international body dealing with persons with disability deals with forcing nations to come up with standards that govern accessibility in order to ensure that the disabled have equal chances like the others and also that they are independent. There are some specifications that need to be followed when designing wheelchairs and they vary from one country to another but all of them aim at ensuring accessibility to the disabled persons.
There are things that one should consider when designing wheelchair ramps and some of them are as follows. User friendliness should be considered in the construction of permanent wheelchair ramps in order to ensure that the disabled won’t be disadvantaged or made to struggle when using them at any time. When portable ramps are unevenly places, they may lead to slipping off because of instability or when they are too short, they become sleep during use making it difficult for the users. The ramp should be flexible enough in that it allows accommodation of the entire of the whole wheelchair and also open of the door whenever necessary.
The following are some of the types of wheelchair ramps we have today. There are ramps used by disabled persons to ensure that the user is safe whenever entering or leaving a building via a threshold. Portable wheelchair ramps are available in various sizes and designs and can be used in different places and have a lot of advantages over the permanent ones since they are of a lower cost. Vehicle wheelchair access ramps are used in allowing users to access buses and vans in a variety of materials and forms and are attached permanently to s van and can be folded out by use of different kinds of operations. During making a purchase decision, one should ensure that the length of the ramp would not be a burden to a user and also should be easy to use by enhancing easy installation and folding by the user.