Apr 14, 2007
We just had our bathroom redone and this is the new bench. We had them place it so the seat was at 19" from the ground. FI's chair is 20" off the ground. See the spacious area around the shower for him to manuever. This is important for ppl in wheelchairs. Keep it in mind when looking for hotel rooms. Staff often don't know the measurements around the toilet and shower. Be sure to ask and also ask about the door width and clearance when open.
This is my FI's car with a modification for him to drive. You can see the pulley, it's powered by the car's engine and has a remote control which opens the topper and lets the chair down slowly. He then unfolds the chair and uses a slide board to transfer from the car to the chair. He had it put on at Mobility Systems in Berkeley, CA 510-540-0295, 1010 Carleton St 94710. It's made by an Australian company called Braun. E-mail hrbananah at gmail w/further questions. He also has hand gears on the steering consule to drive completely feet free!
from American Ramps, http://www.americanramp.com. Other sites include, http://www.thewheelchairsite.com, http://www.Ramps-Ramps-Ramps.com, http://www.accessibility4less.com,
http://www.wheelchairlift.com.The company who made these lifts is Ascension. Ascension also rents portable wheelchair lifts for special events, graduation ceremonies, and concerts. Rental lifts are subject to availability. A rental program with purchase option is also available.
Rene Davis sent me these photos of her daughter's beach wedding. "My daughter Nicole got married this past November and her sister, Kimberly was her MOH. It was a intimate, immediate family only, beach wedding and Kimberly was Nicole's only attendant. Kimberly does not have any hand use so Nicole tied the ring on her armrest with ribbon." Remb that when a special member of the wedding is in a wheelchair, sand will be a great challenge on which to manuever. Kimberly is in a power wheelchair which would make that much easier than a manual to push. Even if your loved one has great upper body strength (like my FI ;) they would need help moving over sand in a manual chair.
1) Barrier Free Travel by Candy Harrington
2) AAA's Barrier-Free Travel California : AAA, The Leader in Accessible Travel Information (AAA's Barrier-Free Travel) "http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1562515802/qid=1130990523/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/102-8703258-7418518?v=glance&s=books
REMEMBER, AS A BRIDE OR GROOM WHO MUST KEEP MOBILITY ISSUES IN MIND FOR THEIR WEDDING YOU WILL NEED TO ASK A LOT OF QUESTIONS!! ASSUME THE PEOPLE YOU WILL WORK WITH KNOW LESS THAN YOU ABOUT ADA REQUIREMENTS AND REAL NEEDS NOT MET BY ADA LAWS. DO NOT TAKE FOR GRANTED INFO YOU GET IS CORRECT, DO A LITTLE RESEARCH OR ASK MORE THAN ONE PERSON AT YOUR SITE. OFTEN, ONLY A FEW PPL AT A GIVEN VENUE KNOW ABOUT ADA REQS. MANY PLACES SAY THEY ARE HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE BUT IN REALITY STILL POSE PROBLEMS FOR PEOPLE IN WHEELCHAIRS SO ASK, ASK, ASK THE QUESTIONS.
1) Ask if every area can be accessed by ramps. If not, find out whether you or your guest may be accomodated in some fashion (is there room to put up a ramp if you were to rent one?, etc)
2) Ask if the restrooms have WC accessible stalls. Go and see them to make sure someone in a wheelchair can use the sink and manuever in the area.
3) Take a full tour of your site(s). If you are not yourself in a wheelchair look at the site as if you were. If you know your guest has an especially large chair (perhaps with special equipment in the back) keep that in mind as you go down aisles and halls. Take note of the ground surface at your site. Is it entirely paved/concrete or are there sections of only grass, wood chips, sand or dirt? Wheelchairs cannot move over woodchips at all and not well on sand. If the section is large this would be an issue.
4) If your venue is a historic site or in an older building that claims to be WC accessible, ask them how they have renovated or revamped access to accomodate people. Think about yourself or your guest and whether it suits your situation. Some places have devised very strange, improvized ways of meeting ADA laws. If you think anyone would be uncomfortable in a certain venue trust your gut and keep looking!
About our wedding:
This bio is set up to help brides & grooms all over North America who themselves are or have loved ones with mobility challenges which will impact their wedding.
If you have questions about resources for those in wheelchairs you may e-mail me at hrbananah at gmail dot com. PLEASE BE COURTEOUS AND RESPECTFUL OF THE SUBJECT MATTER. ONLY SERIOUS INQUIRIES WILL BE RESPONDED TO AS QUICKLY AS I CAN. THANK YOU! knottie hannikan
Also if you have photos of ceremony or reception sites or honeymoon destinations (esp hotels!) which are accessible locations please e-mail me those photos so I can add them to this resource. Thanks!
ABBREVEATIONS: WC-wheelchair ADA-Americans with Disabilities Act
Here's the online resources I have as of now: (Many of these would be helpful for honeymoon travel help!) Contact me with relevant additions!
For New York area w/mental disabilities
Focused on RV travel for groups of disabled travellers
A British site
**Flash format** This one is new and written by young, disabled people with resources by region
11.) http://www.wheelchairnet.org community focused incl discussion boards as well as resources. Based in Pittsburgh, PA.
12.) http://www.cat.pitt.edu Center For Assistive Technology. Tech and service focused. Connected to the Univ of Pitt Health System. Thank you Joanna Yen/sheepi83 for #11 & 12!
There are several Yahoo! Groups that are focused on chat and resources for the disabled. One is Designed4Living focused on modifying locations for all types of disability. Another site on that topic is "http://www.wheelchairnet.org/WCN_Living/homemod.html
Very helpful, detailed site about finding accessible accomodations in Northern Calif.