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How to Add a Ramp that Looks Good and Works Too

Home modifications-including ramps, adapted living spaces, and assistive
technology - make it possible for individuals with disabilities to navigate their environments confidently and safely. Home modifications also allow individuals who develop mobility limitations and other disabilities to remain in their own homes rather than having to leave because of accessibility problems. In addition, they also make communities more inclusive, as accessible homes are able to accommodate people with disabilities who visit.

Cover of Wood Ramp Design: How to Add a Ramp that Looks Good and Works Too

Unfortunately, the majority of programs that fund disability-related services and supports fail to include home modifications as covered benefits. As a result, many individuals and families shoulder the responsibility for home modifications on their own: designing the project, finding a contractor or volunteer help for construction, and paying for the project with their own funds.

This booklet was designed to help individuals avoid costly - and sometimes dangerous - mistakes in the design and construction of ramps. In simple language, it touches on entrance options, design and materials choices, costs, and compliance with codes.

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