During the holiday season in 2019, a family in Nebraska requested to borrow a 10′ ramp from the Assistive Technology Partnership (the NE AT Act Program).
The family has an older adult family member who uses a wheelchair and they wanted to make sure Christmas dinner was accessible. Nebraska ATP’s equipment manager contacted the household to verify the number of steps they were needing to go up as well as the measurements for the elevation of the door threshold.
It was a good thing they reached out to ATP. Too often people purchase what they think they need without knowledgeable advice or support or an opportunity to see and try specialized equipment. Preventing expensive mistakes is a central role of the State and Territory AT Act Programs. In this case, the family not only saved money, they also received experienced support.
ATP recommended a 12′ ramp because of the rise in elevation from the sidewalk to the porch. In addition, a threshold ramp was provided to get the wheelchair safely into their home.
The family picked up the ramps, borrowed them over the holiday, and returned them two weeks later. Because of ATP’s short-term device loan program, the family was able to safely all be together for the holiday (and at no charge!)
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The Assistive Technology Act Training and Technical Assistance Center(AT3/AT3 Center) is a project funded under grant award # 90ATTA0001 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living (ACL). AT3 provides technical assistance and supports to State Assistive Technology (AT) Programs funded under Section 4 of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended (P.L. 108-364). The AT3 Center is a sponsored project of the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) The information on this website does not necessarily reflect the position or policy of ACL, and no official endorsement should be inferred.
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