Ramps are expensive but worth it for the independence and safety they provide, says a man who details his experiences with having a ramp built for his wife
When my wife got her TiLite manual wheelchair, it opened up a world of freedom for her. Her back pain was gone, along with her risk of falling, and she could move longer distances. Suddenly, she could again move across the shopping mall, maneuver around the house and perform at her job.
While the wheelchair gave her more freedom inside and outside the house, it introduced a new challenge: getting...
Whether facing a 2-inch-high curb or a 3-foot-tall porch, the results for a person in a wheelchair can be exactly the same: no passage.
The way around both these barriers is, of course, a wheelchair ramp, though they will be decidedly different. The first might be a portable, foldable aluminum device, while the second might be a large, permanent structure made of concrete or galvanized steel....
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Jonah Bascle, who has Becker muscular dystrophy, uses jokes, ramps and street protests to raise disability awareness in New Orleans
Jonah Bascle (rhymes with “rascal”) unleashes his zany brand of stand-up comedy on New Orleans nightclub and restaurant patrons four or five times a week. As an unusual consequence of these gigs, more and more of the historical city’s old buildings are becoming accessible to people in wheelchairs.
As a guy who uses a wheelchair himself due to Becker muscular dystrophy, Bascle, 24, knows first...
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My husband Marty and I had been told since Craig was in nursery school and Steven was in kindergarten that our sons had Becker muscular dystrophy. We couldn’t see it. They were running around and playing just like every other kid on the block. To us, it wasn’t real.
Without spending a fortune
If you aren’t ready just yet to design and build that dream home with perfect accessibility, there are a lot of things you can do in the meantime to solve everyday dilemmas.