DSRC recognizes that ramps are necessary for wheelchair users to access their homes with steps or steep door thresholds, and for accessing vans. Many people with disabilities use wheelchairs to compensate for their mobility impairments, but full accessibility requires a wheelchair ramp. Ramps are the gateway necessary for individuals with disabilities to have access to their communities to improve their quality of life.
Ramp Building is a year-round program with emphasis on our annual Ramp Blitz held in June. This campaign brings professional contractors together with community volunteers to construct 10 or more ramps in a single day. All constructed ramps are professionally built, measured and designed. Outside the Ramp Blitz, a professional contractor is engaged for ramp construction. At the completion of each ramp, an inspector approves the ramp assuring that each ramp meets all requirements of the township, city and ADA codes.
Our ramp building program is one of a kind in our area. But we cannot do it without constant community support. We are looking for volunteer building teams and contractors to donate their time for ramp construction.
Purchasing materials and building the ramps to meet ADA codes can be very costly. Each year we build over 20 ramps and the need continues to grow. Since DSRC receives an overwhelming number of requests for ramp building assistance our ramps are built on a first come first serve basis. We openly seek collaborations and network within the community to help keep costs down, maintain high standards and enhance accessibility to all.
Our Ramp Building program benefits only Bay County residents for little or no cost to the family. You are required to have a prescription from your doctor for the ramp. If you need a ramp for your home, please complete our ramp application and fax it or mail it to our agency. If you live in the City of Bay City, there will be additional financial criteria due to federal requirements.