The Portable Accessible Ramp

It’s hard to imagine what the community of wheelchair and scooter users would do without ramps. Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ramps have found their way onto curbs and sidewalks, into office buildings, movie theaters, shopping centers, amusement parks—all public places. So what happens when you and your wheelchair visit a place not subject to ADA policies? Easy. You bring your own! A portable accessible ramp helps you get almost anyplace you want to go.

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A wheelchair van and its on-board ramp will get you safely and comfortably to your destination, but once you exit the handicap van, you might find yourself in “no-ramps land”, where annoying height obstructions stand between you and an otherwise wonderful day. That’s exactly where a lightweight, portable ramp comes in handy. A safety-driven portable accessible ramp should have a high-traction, non-slip surface with a width that can easily accommodate your wheelchair. Here are a couple of standard ramp options:

Single-Fold Portable Wheelchair Ramp

SINGLE FOLD RAMP

Typically, portable ramps are 30” wide, which should accommodate most wheelchairs and scooters. Single-fold ramp length varies depending on your needs—usually from 2’ to 8’. To make ramps easily portable, they’re constructed of lightweight aluminum, fiberglass or graphite—all of which can accommodate several hundred pounds. A high-traction, non-slip surface, raised edge on both sides and carrying handles are also relatively standard on portable accessible ramps. A single-fold ramp folds in half and carries like a suitcase. Designs vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, so you might want to do some research before you make your purchase.

Multi-Fold

MULTI FOLD RAMPMulti-fold ramps (a three-fold design) include the same features as single-fold ramps with longer lengths like 12’, and the extra fold allows for manageable portability even at the longer length. Some portable ramps in either single- or multi-fold design have self-adjusting, bottom transition plates for smooth passage from ramp to ground.

Extended Reach

EXTENDER RAMPSome portable accessible ramps don’t offer transition plates, so you might want to consider extenders, which can be bolted to portable ramps. These extenders help bridge the distance over bumpers and other rough terrain from handicap accessible vehicles.

There you go! Just ramp ‘n’ roll! It’ll keep you on the move!