In April of this year, we lost a great Colombian citizen, Gabriel García Márquez. “Gabo”, as he was affectionately known, was a novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. On his death in April 2014, Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, described him as “the greatest Colombian who ever lived”. - wikipedia
Unfortunately, Mr. Márquez never had the opportunity to use the brand-new Garaventa Home Elevator installed at his residence in Cartagena. This project was completed after his passing.
The elevator features an aluminum and glass cab with full vision panels in the cab gates and full glass entrance doors. This clean, modern look is becoming more and more popular, and this installation has been named the Garaventa Lift Installation of the Month for August, 2014. Congratulations to the team at Mitsubishi Electric de Colombia (Melco de Colombia)!
It is clear that the ongoing dispute between unionized elevator mechanics in Ontario and their employers will result in more elevator shut downs. See this link for a recent story from CBC Ottawa: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2013/06/01/ottawa-elevator-strike-tssa-shut-downs-safety-province-escalator.html
What is not so clear is what people will do to provide for temporary solutions. For organizations with multiple elevators such as school districts, universities, and sports complexes, the Garaventa Super-Trac might be the best answer. This is a battery-powered portable stair climbing device, which can be used as an alternative accessibility option when elevators are not available.
See a video of the Super-Trac in action at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czqBMo32meo or visit our website at http://www.garaventalift.com/en/products/wheelchair-lifts/portable-wheelchair-lifts/super-trac.html.
My name is Vanessa and I currently work for Garaventa Lift. We are a manufacturer of accessibility lifts, home elevators and portable wheelchair lifts that are sold all over the world. I got involved with this company in a large part because I believe very strongly in making the world more accessible.
I have had a lot of personal experiences in my life seeing how inaccessibile many places are given the fact that both my best friend and my grandmother are handicapped.
I am excited to participate in this blog as a resource for those who are frustrated by barriers which can hamper access to wheelchairs on a daily basis. I am also going to blog about the different advancements in accessibility equipment globally.
Caitlin (one of my greatest friends) has cerebral palsy and for the most part spends her life outside of her parents’ home in a wheelchair. While she can walk with a specially designed cane, she feels much safer in her chair. I have, countless times, carried her wheelchair up or down stairs so that we can get from point A to point B. Lucky for me she can walk while holding onto a railing, and her wheelchair isn’t too heavy!
My grandma has been struck by a bit of unfortunate luck in her right leg, and can only walk with a walker. I say unfortunate luck because she broke her knee cap running into a store to tell one of her friends that I had been born twenty five years ago. So as a kind of penance, and well because I just plain love her; I carry her walker wherever we need to go if there isn’t an accessible option.
Having recently graduated from university, I am looking forward to providing a resource for those who are looking at the different types of devices needed to make buildings or areas accessible for everyone.
If you have a question about the different types of accessibility lifts available on the market today, please send me a note and I will do my best to provide you the information to help you decide on what type of lift is best for your situation.