From: Gordon Gillesby <Gordon.Gillesbyfirstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 18 Feb 96 12:32:04 0600
From Gordon.Gillesbyemail@example.com Sun Feb 18 13: 28:41 1996
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Important Disability News -- Please Spread the Word!!
Free Ramp Manual and Video
Contact Your Cable-TV company
request they pick up this
unlimited copyright satellite broadcast
(see below for details)
The traditional solution to disability-caused home access problems -- a
ramp -- can be expensive, difficult to obtain and troublesome to remove
when no longer needed. More and more people require modifications to
their homes to compensate for the effects of disability or aging. Since
1991, the Minnesota Ramp Project has assisted over 500 people throughout
Minnesota in obtaining safe and easy access to their homes. The
Minnesota Ramp Project also provides a working model for other
communities to replicate and adapt to meet their own local needs.
The Minnesota Ramp Project -- a cooperative non-profit effort between
the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living, MN Dept. of Economic
Security (Division of Rehabilitation Services) and DRAGnet -- provides
information and assistance to individuals and families to help resolve
home access problems caused by mobility impairments. Developed in 1992,
the unique modular, reusable wheelchair ramp design reduces cost, is
faster and easier to construct and is easily moved and/or reused in
other locations. For those with some walking ability, an alternative
method of improving accessibility through the use of reusable long-
tread, low-riser steps is also available using the same engineered
These ramps do not require frost-footings and are less than half the
cost of traditional commercial alternatives while meeting and
exceeding State of Minnesota building code engineering standards. In
1995, the novel ramp design and construction techniques won a Harvard
University and Ford Foundation "Innovations in American Government"
award. They were recently the focus of a PBS "Hometime" television
The Minnesota Ramp Project has a FREE construction manual: "How to Build
Ramps for Home Accessibility" and has produced an award-winning video,
"Home Access Solutions: Ramps and Stairs" that demonstrates how to make
affordable, reusable, modular wheelchair ramps and long-tread, low-riser
stairways for the elderly and disabled. These manuals and videos have
been supplied to all Centers for Independent Living throughout the
IMPORTANT ---> A television program: "The Ramp Project
Teleconference" will be broadcast via C-Band Satellite on March 25,
1996. Unlimited copyright for tape recording and re-broadcast by
cable stations, organizations or individuals is strongly encouraged.
Telstar 402R (C-Band)
at 89 degrees West Longitude on 13 Vertical Transponder
Channel 13; Frequency 3960 Mhz and Audio 6.2 & 6.8
1:00p.m. East. / 12:00p.m. Cent. / 11:00a.m. Mt. / 10:00a.m. Pac.
60 minute broadcast preceded by 15-minute test pattern
call 612.296.9395 for technical support during test pattern.
Again, the complete detailed manuals are currently available for free.
A limited number of free videos to qualified organizations (CIL's,
non-profits, libraries, construction trade organizations, state
agencies, etc.) on techniques and community partnership building for
ramp construction are also available.
Manuals (print), videos or additional information are available at:
Minnesota Ramp Project
Metropolitan Center for Independent Living
1600 University Avenue, Suite 16
St. Paul, MN 55104
You may also download the complete manual for free:
The complete manual in PCX format is available for downloading from
DRAGnet International Disability Network (DIDnet) at 612.753.1943 --
this is a free online disability information service (BBS). Set your
communications parameters to ANSI terminal emulation, 8 data bits, 1
stop bit, no parity and download the file RAMPMAN1.ZIP.
DRAGnet is the Disability Resources, Affiliates and Groups network --
a Minnesota-based, independent, national non-profit organization.
DRAGnet believes Having Information means Having Choices. They are
Minnesota's first non-profit serving people with disabilities fully
licensed by the Environmental Protection Agency for recycling
computer electronics and handling associated toxic waste.
They reuse, rebuild and recycle all kinds of old, obsolete whole
computers, parts and software. In the process providing low-cost,
refurbished computers to socially and economically disadvantaged
children and adults while teaching technology-based independent
living skills and creating employment opportunities for people with
Information about DRAGnet services is free:
314 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401-1315