What Makes a Wheelchair Ramp DDA Complaint?


What Makes a Wheelchair Ramp DDA Complaint?

The Disability Discrimination Act of 1995 made it compulsory for all service providers and businesses open to the public to take steps to ensure that they provided access to people physically challenged people.

Specifically, the act stated that in cases where a building had a feature that made it impossible for physically challenged individuals to gain entry, the service provider had a duty to take steps to either:

  • Have the feature removed in its entirety
  • Alter the feature so that it no longer posed this problem
  • Provide a way to avoid this feature or
  • Provide an alternative method of ensuring that the service was available to the physically challenged.

Service providers that were included in the scope included hotels, banks, shops, schools, and cinemas.

Many service providers chose to provide auxiliary aids to make it possible for the physically challenged to access their facilities, and hence the use of wheelchair ramps.

Features of a Disability Discrimination Act Compliant Wheelchair Ramp

  • It should have a non-slip surface
  • Be 1.5M wide and have an unobstructed width of a similar value
  • Maximum individual flight of ten meters
  • Come with a maximum gradient of 1:20 at ten meters
  • Maximum 1:12 slope at five meters
  • Maximum 1:12 gradient at two meters
  • For goings taking place between two and ten meters, the use of a sliding scale is acceptable
  • The ramp should have top and bottom landings each having a width of not less than 1.2 m and intermediate landings of 1.8m for every ten meters
  • For any open side Ramps or landings, 100mm raised curbs should be present
  • Each ramp should have a suitable handrail on each side
  • The maximum cross fall should be 1:40
  • The maximum landing slope should be 1:60
  • The ramp must have contrasting up-stands, landings, and handrails

Disability Discrimination Act compliant Portable Wheelchair Ramps

Many manufacturers recommend the use of a gradient that is not steeper than 1:12 for independent use portable wheelchair ramps and a slope of 1:10 when it comes to assisted use portable wheelchair ramps.

For you to know the right ramp length, you need to perform a simple calculation where you multiply the height with the recommended ratio.

Portable wheelchair ramps are available and range in length between two and eight feet. The ramps are easy to use and set-up. When folded, they clip together, and they come with a single fold down the length of the ramp.