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Platform Lifts vs. Ramps: Which One Is Right for You?

Regardless of whether you are the business owner, the architect, or the contractor for a project, your primary concern is always how to best accommodate the end user. One way to address this concern is to ensure that your building is accessible to all, including those in wheelchairs. Although ramps are often appropriate solutions to…
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5 Ways to Promote Accessibility and Inclusion in the Workplace

Creating healthy work environments to increase employee recruitment and retention Recruiting and retaining qualified employees is a critical priority for the success of any company. As such, it is in a company‚Äôs best interest to do everything it can to create a work environment that increases employee recruitment and retention. This includes developing company policies…
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How to Incite Accessibility Change

In the 27 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law, a greater awareness of accessibility inclusion and universal design has had a tremendous impact on daily life. However, it may often seem as if many institutions and locations are still not fully ADA-accessible. While it is true that not all places are…
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Common Policy Problems Affecting School and University Physical Accessibility Compliance

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was implemented in 1990 and today, 27 years later, universal inclusion is finally beginning to take shape. However, lawsuits still take place every year in defense of disability rights, and a significant number of these cases continue to involve colleges and universities. However, a lot of these cases are…
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Commercial Lifts: What You Should Know

Commercial Lifts Commercial lifts come in both Vertical Platform Lift (VPL) and Incline Platform Lift (IPL) options. Below is a listing of three common commercial lift manufacturers. Ascension Bruno Handi-Lift What You Should Know A commercial lift is commonly used to negotiate stairs between floor levels, provide access to stages and concert pits, or otherwise…
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Wheelchair Lift 101: Basic Lift Installation, Operation, and Maintenance

Platform lifts, also known as wheelchair lifts, provide accessibility solutions to individuals who are either convalescent or disabled, making it possible for them to enter, exit, or negotiate the architectural barriers of a location. However, many first time owners are unaware of the proper installation, use, and maintenance of a wheelchair lift. PROPER INSTALLATION It…
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Parts and Features of a Platform Lift

Putting it Together Most platform lifts come custom built for each situation: the position of the entrance, the direction a gate opens, etc. To demonstrate how a lift comes together, below is a quick review of 11 common parts, features and options that are available when choosing a platform lift. For further terminology see our…
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Funding your Wheelchair Lift

Whether it’s for a community project, a business, or a private home, purchasing a wheelchair lift is making an investment. However, investing in accessibility equipment can often be expensive. Therefore, the following lists funding options available for purchasing assistive equipment, such as wheelchair lifts. Funding for Public Associations U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA): The…
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Differences Between Wheelchair Lifts and Elevators

An Accessible Distinction Though there are a number of similarities, platform lifts and elevators differ on one major defining point: accessible design. Below, we explore details of both platform lifts and elevators, as well as provide a few common examples of each and their main noticeable attributes. Platform Lifts Platform lifts, also known as wheelchair…
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Choosing a Wheelchair Lift

Choosing a wheelchair lift often seems like a stressful and complicated process. However, in order to ease the tension, provided below is the What, Who, When, Where, Why and How of Wheelchair Lift Shopping. For more information, see our platform lift comparison chart. What is a Wheelchair Lift? Also known as a platform lift, wheelchair…
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