Ramping for Wheelchair Users-Level 2 (November 30, 2022) (UK-based course - Irish OTs welcome)
Please be aware, this Level 2 course is a UK-based course but OTs based in Ireland are very welcome to attend (due to insufficient demand in Ireland, we are unable to offer it exclusively for Irish audiences). The course focuses primarily on complex ramps scenarios, case studies and design issues relating to handrails and to users with visual impairments and much of the material covered is relevant to both UK and Ireland.
In Level 2 we build on Level 1 and explore more complex ramping scenarios. We also look at how to assess for ramps with side-on approaches and changes of direction. We explore the pros and cons of level/sloped access vs ramped access and how to assess for each. Additional topics include: designing for users with visual impairments and the purpose and use of ramp Design Briefs (specifications).
ON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, DELEGATES SHOULD:
- Understand how to assess for ramps with side-on approaches and changes-of-direction e.g. ramps that “go around the garden”
- Have reviewed one or more complex ramping schemes within a group setting
- Be able to discuss design considerations for handrails
- Understand the purpose of ramp Design Briefs (specifications) and how to use these as assessment prompt sheets or specifications, or both
- Be able to discuss general requirements for communal ramps e.g. at entrances to blocks of flats
- Be familiar with key design features for users with visual impairments e.g. colour and tonal contrast for ramp surfaces, up stands and lighting
- Understand the pros and cons of level-sloped access vs ramped access and be able to assess for each
- Electronic handouts (PDFs) provided
- Digital Attendance Certificate issued
- Our online courses are interactive and typically include some or all of the following: presentations, case studies, desktop exercises, demonstration videos, discussions, breakout rooms and Q&As with trainers.