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    Wheelchairs have brought back the essence of life and freedom for those due to any reason cannot walk; wheelchairs have seen many changes along the years from manual to electric and power...

    Wheelchairs have brought back the essence of life and freedom for those due to any reason cannot walk; wheelchairs have seen many changes along the years from manual to electric and power wheelchairs with as many features as you can possibly imagine in order to perform any and every activity one desires and/or requires.

    One of the main problems however still is the wheelchair access in some areas of daily use; here are some suggestions and tips that will help you enable wheelchair access to every area possible.

    Wheelchairs Around The House

    Some the challenges that wheelchairs face around the house is getting up and down the stairs and here are two ways to help improve the situation: one, you can build an elevator big enough just for the wheelchair access or two, you can attach a special device to the side of the rail which will enable the wheelchair to be lifted and transported down or up electrically by the press of a button.

    Most people choose to use the mechanism attached to the staircase rail instead of an elevator because it is more practical and inexpensive.

    The bathroom is the nest place you must modify for wheelchair access from the door to the special rails needed next to the toilette and the bathtub; these too can be done with ease but will be of great assistance for the one who is using the wheelchair.

    Finding Wheelchair Access Outside The House

    Wheelchair access is now a requirement in all cities as the sidewalks need to be leveled on each side; supermarkets and department stores must have wheelchair access from parking to the aisles and cash registers. Most public buildings that have staircases in order to be accessed must also have a wheelchair ramp for easy access.

    How To Go Around Those Places That Don’t Have Wheelchair Access

    Even though most places must have wheelchair access as a requirement by law, there are a few that do not have them and sometimes you will find yourself in the position where you need to use one of those places, the best way to access them is to ask for assistance of request the services be provided where you are.

    Today’s world is wheelchair friendly and almost everyone is happy to be of assistance and or direct you to the next best solution such as a drive through service or online access.

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    2 Responses to “Guide To Creating Wheelchair Access”

    1. Tuesday, November 27, The Universityhouse Channel will show Episode 138 of “Perils For Pedestrians” — “The ADA and Sidewalks”.

      Contents of Episode 138 (2007):
      –The Coordinator of Research at the US Access Board explains how the Americans With Disabilities Act applies to sidewalks.
      –A lawyer in Barden v. Sacramento discusses the lawsuit, which determined that sidewalks are a government program covered by the ADA.
      –A plaintiff in Barden v. Sacramento describes the negotiations that led to the settlement.

      DISH Network Channel 9411 — The Universityhouse Channel
      Tuesday — 9:30 PM Eastern, 6:30 Pacific

      Episode 138 is also available on Google Video:

      Note: Public access cable channels are showing different episodes than DISH Network.

      Thank you.

    2. Google Video will no longer host videos after April 29. The new home for “Perils For Pedestrians” 138 is on Blip TV at:

      Thank you.

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