Wheelchair at the bottom of some steps

Lack of Wheelchair Access

Last updated on November 7th, 2019 at 12:11 pm

For someone whose disability limits mobility seeing a wheelchair ramp can make their day. Wheelchair ramps & disabled ramps guarantee safe and secure access for people with mobility issues and for those in a wheelchair. A ramp ensures safe wheelchair access for both wheelchair users and those with mobility issues.

Obtaining safe and secure access to wheelchair accesspublic buildings should not be either random or due to good luck – moreover it should be the default because the law requires it. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995

(which has now been repealed and replaced by the Equality Act 2010) along with the Centre for Accessible Environments provide extensive guidance on ramp design.

See these links for more information:

http://www.cae.org.uk/guidance_ramps.html

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1995/50/part/III

This legislation along with CAE set out specific ratios for slope, width and length, as well as requirements for the handrails and surface integrity of wheelchair ramps. All public buildings must be in compliance with these guidelines. Public buildings include local and national government buildings as well as hotels, restaurants, office buildings, shops and other publicly accessible buildings.

Sometimes, an existing ramp may fall into disrepair, rendering it dangerous. Perhaps the surface is uneven or there are holes and cracks that compromise its safety. At this point, the building owner is no longer in compliance with the DDA Act.

If you find barriers to your access of a public building due to the lack of a wheelchair ramp, or because of a ramp that is no longer in a safe condition, you can contact us. At The Ramp Factory, we are experienced in accessibility issues and accessibility compliance. We will advocate with you to improve accessibility in your community and work to ensure buildings are ADA compliant. Let us help you remove the barriers in your life!

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