Why we travel with a portable ramp in the back of our van…
Several years back we began attending a new church and, along with that, making some new friendships. If you are a family affected by disability you potentially face different challenges in finding ways to meet up with friends. Sometimes it is obvious, for instance when you come via two power wheelchairs, that access is going to be difficult if not impossible. We were invited to a family’s home to hang out and eat together. I needed to politely ask if there were steps into all the entrances or any flat level access for our wheelchairs. As luck would have it, it was a split level home and steps were everywhere. We debated whether we wanted to carry our then small-ish daughters into the house or move the party to a restaurant or even our house. (We continue to be fine with any of those options as the friendships are worth the effort!) I don’t recall what we determined to do but I do recall a package arriving not much later…a portable ramp with the message “we always want you to feel welcome in our house…and anywhere else you need to access”. Yup, I melted. These guys..such love.
Steps are EVERYWHERE!
I know it is the 21st century and we live in America, but the reality is that there are many many places that are not accessible with wheelchairs. We have used that portable ramp, stored in the back of our wheelchair van, SO MANY TIMES! We use it to access a few steps into houses, small town stores with a single old step, and even curbs without a visible cutout to name just a few. We recently enjoyed a fun afternoon of soap making in a small shop with one step in an old storefront in downtown York, PA. I am so thankful for friends who join us in our wheel life! That was such a worthwhile investment…both the ramp and the friendship
Medically necessary, but not covered…
I have had several people ask us if we had insurance cover the portable ramp we tote around. Unfortunately, I don’t know of a way to get a portable ramp covered. If you have information on that I would love to hear about it! But having asked for coverage, ours was declined.
Want to get an idea for the size of ramp you may need to invest in? Follow this Link to ADA advice on temporary ramps.
Our portable ramp has allowed us to enjoy many places we would not have otherwise.
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