Posted on April 28, 2011
Graduation is a time when event planners who don’t generally think about wheelchair ramps must put them on their agendas. Graduation ceremonies aren’t always held in buildings that are wheelchair accessible. With improved weather across much of the country, outdoor graduations are generally the norm. Schools, colleges, universities, and other institutions are required to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act, making wheelchair ramp rentals an ideal solution.
Amramp rents heavyweight steel ramps for a day, a weekend or longer, which makes these ramps popular with schools and colleges. Some graduation venues, such as gymnasiums, do not customarily have wheelchair ramps. And auditoriums in older buildings may lack wheelchair access to the stage where diplomas are handed out, which can be an obstacle for honorees, presenters, or graduates.
Carol Habelt of Braintree High School in Massachusetts has used Amramp for graduations for several years and likes the flexibility the company offers. The high school prefers to hold graduation outside, but New England weather can interfere. So the ramp is set up in the gymnasium and when the weather cooperates, it can easily be moved outside for the ceremony.
Some schools also will have more than one graduation event, so even if a main building is accessible, a faculty club or other school building may not be. Harvard University has used portable ramps for graduation, as have Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts and other colleges.
With 44 locations nationwide, Amramp’s patent-pending modular ramps can usually be installed in just one day.
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