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Ramps, Stairs & Repairs

Rely on the Wheelchair Ramp Accessibility Program (WRAP) to help you find a solution to enter and leave your home safely.

Wooden Ramp Installation

Get a wooden ramp designed to fit your home. Our ramps are semi-permanent and made of green-treated lumber that rests on top of the ground.

It takes a volunteer designer approximately 40 hours to design a ramp. Once funding is in place and you approve the design, a ramp can be installed in one day by a team of volunteers.

Wooden Ramp Removal & Donation

Once a wooden ramp is built on your home, it is yours. If you no longer need our ramp, WRAP would be happy to come and take it down if we can recycle these materials into a ramp for someone without one.

Loaner Aluminum Ramp Installation & Removal

If you need a ramp for 90 days or less, ask about the aluminum wheelchair ramps that are modular, meaning the components are prefabricated off-site and then assembled and installed at your home. These ramps are easy to assemble and feature sliding legs to allow sections of the ramp to be raised or lowered for adjustable support and a customized fit.

Modified Steps

Regular exterior stairs can impede your mobility. We can help modify your steps to make them safer by making them wider and shorter using green treated lumber.

Handrails

Regardless of where your exterior steps are located, they must have railings on both sides of the stairs. Over time, your grip will change because of this; railings should have a diameter of at least 1 ½ inches. If they do not fit these requirements, we can help place safe handrails on your stairs.

Repairs

WRAP will fix or mend any damage to our projects outside the client’s control. Call us to report storm damage or other repairs needed.

Timeline

Once everything is in place for your construction project, installation goes very quickly and is generally done in one day. However, before we can schedule a build, many factors go into the process: client application, funding for materials secured, volunteers available, weather, availability of materials, building permits, and how many people may be before you on the list.

WRAP is a volunteer-run and volunteer-supported organization. We have one part-time employee. If your need is immediate, we recommend calling a local general contractor to get your needs met sooner.

Design Standards

Ramps must be carefully designed in order to be useful. WRAP follows the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. In the US, ADA requires a slope of no more than 1:12 for wheelchairs and scooters, which works out to 1 foot of ramp for each one inch of rise. For example, a 20-inch rise requires a minimum of 20 feet in length of the ramp.

Additionally, ADA limits the longest single span of the ramp, before a rest or turn platform, to 30 feet. Ramps can be as long as needed, but no single run of the ramp can exceed 30 feet. Ramps must be a minimum of 36 inches wide.

Armstrong Build UW Day of Action
Ramp referrals are being accepted, but there is likely to be a serious slowdown in the building schedule due to the coronavirus.
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