Posted by Inside Edition on March 12, 2018 07:15:19When you’re on the couch with your legs crossed, you don’t need to worry about getting a handicap, right?
Not if you’re in a wheelchair, and you don,t want to get one, right, Inside Edition’s Inside Edition?s Jenna Johnson told us.
“When you sit on the sofa, you need to have some help to sit up,” Johnson said.
“The more you are on your side, the more you need help.
And that’s why a lot of people use a wheelchair.”
We asked Johnson, who works at the National Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, about a couple of ways you can find assistance if you need it.
You can call the ADA hotline at 1-800-832-4227 or visit www.aadacaservice.gov.
Or you can ask someone on your team for help, like a caregiver, who knows how to do the task, Johnson said, “so they can be the one to help you.”
She added, “I don’t know that I would even consider putting a wheelchair into the car if it wasn’t for this person.”
And it turns out there’s a pretty simple way to get around in your wheelchair, which we also featured last week, and is one of those things you might find a friend or family member for.
It’s called the wheelchair parking ramp, and it’s not as much of a problem in a car as it is in a van.
The ramp at the front of your car is designed so that you can get in and out of your wheelchair.
It’s made of a rubberized pad, and there’s another pad behind the ramp, too.
That means you can sit, sit, go, go.
And the ramp also comes with a footrest that you put your feet on when you want to step out, Johnson explained.
The rest of the wheelchair is secured to the floor, so you can’t move it around while you’re walking.
And because it’s so easy to park, it’s one of the ways the U.S. Department of Transportation has made its wheelchair parking program more accessible, Johnson added.
There’s a toll-free number at the U-Haul and a website where you can search for parking ramps in your area, but for now, it is the best way to find out if there are any available, Johnson noted.
And if you do find a ramp, it doesn’t cost anything to park it yourself.
Johnson also shared that if you really want to use a ramp to get to and from your job, you can pay for the ramp itself with a debit card.
The process is relatively painless, but Johnson said you’ll have to fill out a form to do so, and that’s where a friend can help out, if she has one, she said.
To learn more about the ADA’s wheelchair parking system, check out the Department of Housing and Urban Development website.