Everyone should be afforded equal opportunities in each aspect of their lives, although at times this is not the case when it comes to entering public access buildings or getting a job in one of them. This is down to the properties not having the right disabled access or not having any at all. By not having the right measures in place you could be breaking the law and turning away customers. Investing in a wheelchair ramp from a dedicated specialist in everything from ramps to evacuation chairs will be the right move forward to including everybody, no matter how able they are.
Not having a wheelchair ramp at your public premises might very well be in breach of the Disability Discrimination Act which makes it illegal to “run a service or provide goods or facilities in a way which makes it impossible or unreasonably difficult for a disabled person to use the service or goods”. Breaking this law and actively discriminating against those that require wheelchair access could incur penalties that range from £500-£5000 for one-off or unforeseen cases of discrimination, to £25,000 for the most serious cases of discrimination. The simple act of investing in a specialist easy to use wheelchair ramp will avoid this and go a great length to making your building truly ‘public access’.
One specialist wheelchair access company has put together a selection of ramp solutions that include:
- AeroLight Ramps: Designed for use with all types of manual and electric scooters and wheelchairs, this style of ramp utilises specialised construction techniques to provide full-width and full-strength with an outstanding weight to strength ratio. Being a suitcase-style ramp, the AeroLight can create access for almost any situation or area inside your premises.
- PerfoLight Ramps: Built using anodised aluminium, the PerfoLight Ramps are both incredibly strong and lightweight, making it easy to slide away and store. This is the latest and most unique design of telescopic, rigid and folding options when it comes to a wheelchair ramp.
When speaking to this specialist that has been perfecting their methods since 2004, they will use their expertise to advise you on which wheelchair ramp will be best for your specific property and user needs. Whichever ramp solution you choose, the equal opportunities of anyone who enters or wishes to work with you will be ensured, allowing your building to remain easy and convenient for everyone to access.