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How can ramps help me if I have a disability?

If you use a wheelchair, scooter, or even a walker, ramps are much easier to negotiate than stairs. Ramps can be as lovely as a nice deck and enhance the look of your home, or be as utilitarian and portable as modular aluminum (often a better choice if the home is not your own). They can be expensive, ranging up to $5,000, but if you need one, community agencies will often help you find an affordable way to get one. For assistance, start by calling your local independent living center or United Way (in most areas, just dial 211) and tell them what you are looking for; they will give you referrals to appropriate agencies. You might also call a building contractor that specializes in accessible remodeling for a quote.

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