• HANDI-LIFT’S LINCOLN CENTER THEATER’S MITZI E. NEWHOUSE THEATER WINS 2015 PROJECT OF THE YEAR!

    January 12, 2016 By Luke Lesniowski
    An unusual project for us this year was replacing a custom lift we had installed in 1997 with a new and improved design in 2015. Almost 20 years after the original job, we were honored to again work with the same general contractor and architectural metal and glass fabricator. The Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater opened to the public on November 10, 1967. Located in the lower level of the Vivian Beaumont Theater building in New York City (NYC), this space was originally called the Forum during the residency of the now-defunct Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center. In 1973, the theater was renamed for Mrs. Newhouse, a prominent NYC philanthropist, when Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival took over the management of the Vivian Beaumont Theater…

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  • A Christmas Message to our Friends

    December 17, 2015 By James Boydston
    Thank you for taking time in your busy lives to connect with us. At Handi-Lift our mission is to provide “Accessibility with Dignity.” We strive to inspire confidence in our accessibility solutions, and to honor the God-given dignity of all people. We’ve had another year to be thankful for our vendors and employees who help us get the job done; for our customers, whether they are contractors, architects, or building owners; and for being able to provide accessibility for people who need lifts and for their families.I am proud to be the 3rd generation of my family to run the…

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  • Cornado Bermudez Receives His Lift!

    December 15, 2015 By Luke Lesniowski

    In a recent ribbon cutting ceremony that included Mayor Torres of Paterson, New Jersey, Handi-Lift turned over a new lift it donated to Conrado Bermudez, a young man from Paterson.

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  • Sales & Engineering Update

    July 09, 2015 By Luke Lesniowski

    Our sales team has over 75 years of experience in helping clients with their accessibility challenges. The sales team can be reached 1-800-432-LIFT (5438) or Sales@handi-lift.com.

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  • 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

    July 09, 2015 By Luke Lesniowski
    July 26th will mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Handi-Lift is celebrating our 40th year of business and are proud to say we have always tried to stay in the forefront. Thru the years we have been involved with local and national committees, associations, and different ways of helping people access the homes, business, and public spaces while promoting Accessibility with Dignity.There will be celebrations for the 25th anniversary locally and nationally.  Stay tuned for more details 

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  • Handi-Lift’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

    July 02, 2015 By Luke Lesniowski
    2015 marks the 40th year that Handi-Lift, Inc. has served their neighbors in the NY NJ area, by providing “Accessibility with Dignity”. We strive to inspire confidence in our accessibility solutions, to honor the God-given dignity of all. On Saturday June 27th Handi-Lift celebrated it’s 40th anniversary with a little party at McLoone’s Boathouse at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ. Located within the South Mountain Recreation Complex, McLoone’s Boathouse sits on the banks of the reservoir, showcasing spectacular views. The weather was not the best and could be best described as a monsoon. That did not stop…

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  • Handi-Lift receives Sapolin Award from NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio

    June 24, 2015 By Luke Lesniowski
    2014 ADA Sapolin Award recognizing individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to increasing accessibility for people with disabilities, honors the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation and telecommunications. Watch the video here. 

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  • New York Marriott Marquis Times Square

    December 16, 2014 By Luke Lesniowski
    Handi-Lift Inc. recently completed the installation of two vertical platform lifts as part of the renovations at the famous Marriot Marquis Hotel in Times Square NYC. The two lifts serve back of house areas at the Marquis Theatre which has been the home of famous shows like Evita and Follies. Handi-Lift was chosen by Turner Construction to provide these lifts as part of the major renovations to retail spaces, theatre back of house areas, and new digital signage. Our installation team did a great job overcoming the challenges of working in one of the busiest areas in the world. Both lifts…

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  • Our Digital Video Brochure is LIVE

    June 23, 2014 By Luke Lesniowski

    Handi-Lift is telling our story with a Digital Video Brochure from Shamrock Communications. Our accessibility solutions were shot at various locations in New York and New Jersey, including NYU, Canali and The Brass Monkey.

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  • Buyers Beware: Online Sales of Vertical Platform Lifts

    May 06, 2014 By Doug Boydston

    The picture here is of a lift installed in Florida in a commercial building without a permit or inspection.  The vertical platform lift was called “portable equipment” by the contractor who installed it to bypass the State requirement for a permit and inspection.  Obviously, it is not portable but the more serious issue is it has no platform gate or upper landing gate required by code.  Certainly not what we would call Accessibility with Dignity.  Obviously this was done to cut corners and save money but whatever the building owner ended up paying for this lift was too much!

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  • Miss Wheelchair NY on the Runway During Fashion Week

    February 20, 2014 By Priscilla Fujimura

    Danielle Sheypuk, who was Miss Wheelchair New York 2012, modeled for designer Carrie Hammer during New York Fashion Week this month. You can read more about her experience at New Mobility. The Handi-Lift team had the pleasure of working with Ms. Sheypuk as a model recently on a series of video shoots of Handi-Lift project locations. The video of these projects and more will be out later this year.

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  • Ramps vs. Lifts Revisited

    February 18, 2014 By Doug Boydston

    If you were a building owner, what accessibility solution would you choose for your facility? Perhaps the least expensive option would be most appealing. Which would you choose if you were end user and unable to take the stairs?  You most likely would prefer the most reliable and easy to use solution. Choosing the most appropriate accessibility solution is a decision that should be made by the building owner and their architect based on the application and the needs of the end users. Unfortunately this decision is often negatively influenced by the public perception of Platform Wheelchair Lifts.  

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  • Featured Project: Canali NYC Flagship Store

    February 05, 2014 By Priscilla Fujimura

    Canali, a leader in men’s fashion from Italy, opened its Flagship store in New York City in April 2013. The Handi-Lift  team had the opportunity to help design and create a remarkable vertical platform lift as the accessibility solution for the store. The design features glass with exposed edges, marble flooring, automated doors and stainless steel. For more details, read about the project on our Featured Project page.

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  • ADA Turns 23

    July 24, 2013 By Priscilla Fujimura

    This week marks the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act by President George W Bush in 1990. The DOJ is running a series of blogs this week to celebrate on the Justice Blog. They are focusing on current intiatives that are "opening up the gateways to full participation and opportunity for people with disabilities."

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  • Guest Post: Associated Builders and Contractors Membership

    July 15, 2013 By Priscilla Fujimura

    Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association representing 23,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms in 79 chapters across the United States. ABC's membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry.

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  • Handi-Lift Home Site Launch!

    June 03, 2013 By James Boydston

    Handi-Lift has launched a new site for residential accessibility products. Visit us at www.handi-lift.com/home to see our stairway chair lift options. Check back soon for new pages on home elevators and other products for Accessibility with Dignity in your home.

    If you need a stairway chair lift, call our Stairlift Consultant, Dennis at 1-800-432-LIFT extension 4370, or schedule a time to try out a lift in our showroom in Carlstadt.

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  • Meet Handi-Lift’s New Stairlift Consultant

    June 03, 2013 By James Boydston

    Handi-Lift is proud to announce that we have hired Dennis Gaynor to lead our initiative to meet more customers’ needs in NJ. He will be leading our sales efforts to provide Stannah Stairlifts to customers who have difficulty climbing the stairs in their homes.  Please contact Dennis at 1-800-432-LIFT extension 4370 for more information about stairway chair lifts or to schedule a time to see our showroom. You can also see more photos of our chairlifts at www.handi-lift.com/home.

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  • Handi-Lift Now Selling Stannah Stairlifts

    June 03, 2013 By James Boydston

    Now Handi-Lift is selling Stannah stairlifts direct to customers in New Jersey. We have a showroom at our Carlstadt office so customers can see the chairlifts and try them out. You can also visit our new residential products website at www.handi-lift.com/home to see photos of the stairchairs. Call our newest team member, Stairlift Consultant Dennis Gaynor at 1-800-432-LIFT extension 4370, if you’re interested in a stairway chair lift, sold, installed, and maintained by Handi-Lift.

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  • Redesigned Accessibility Symbol Coming to New York

    May 30, 2013 By Priscilla Fujimura

    The International Symbol of Access is a familiar icon. It’s emblazoned on parking spaces and bathroom doors, signs for elevators and ramps. We see it and understand what it means, but do we understand how the symbol has affected our society's attitude toward those who use the designated parking spaces and ramps? The Accessible Icon Project was founded by artist Sarah Hendren and Brian Glenney, a philosophy professor at Gordon College, to create a new symbol that would help address these subtle influences on our attitudes.

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  • Preparing Lifts for Floods and Repairing Flood Damage

    May 15, 2013 By James Boydston

    Along with roofs, basements, heat and electricity, many lifts and elevators were disrupted and damaged by Hurricane Sandy last year.  The storm inflicted a lot of damage on buildings in the tri-state area and much of this damage is still being repaired. New building codes now require homeowners to prepare their homes for future storms and flooding. We can also prepare elevators and lifts for the effects of hurricanes and floods. Handi-Lift offers a few tips for customers in flood-prone areas.

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  • Come See Us at These April Events

    April 01, 2013 By Luke Lesniowski

    The Handi-Lift Sales Team is gearing up for a fun and exciting April. We will be attending some shows, exhibiting and speaking at others, and even learning something. Want to know where Handi-lift will be next month? Here is a list of upcoming events where you’ll find us. Please come by and say hello.

    Saturday, April 6th, 11am-4pm: Helen Hayes Hospital  Adapted Sports, Recreation & Living Expo

    Thursday, April 11th, 1pm-6pm: ADA Awareness Seminar presented by The Architects League of Northern New Jersey

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  • Buyers Beware: Online Stairway Chair Lift Sellers

    March 06, 2013 By Doug Boydston

    The biggest problem we have seen is that folks try to save money and buy a lift online only to find out it won’t fit on the stair or doesn’t meet the need for which it was purchased. These customers have little or no support from the company who sold them the chair lift. The manufacturer who built the equipment can try to help, but without a local authorized representative, they can only give advice over the phone and send out parts.

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  • Featured Project: Suresky Auto Dealership

    February 28, 2013 By Luke Lesniowski

    The dealership owners planned renovations that included a vertical platform wheelchair lift in the auto showroom. One thing that was important to the client was that the look of the wheelchair lift had to match the dark bronze anodized metal trim all throughout the showroom space. Our team was able to achieve that look seamlessly. We also matched the storefront glass on the mezzanine floor windows in the lift with laminated glass panels all around.

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  • Sue Austin: Creating Beautiful Images with Her Wheelchair

    February 19, 2013 By Priscilla Fujimura

    Sue Austin, an artist based in the UK, finds incredible freedom in her powerchair. But she also discovered that her wheelchair did not inspire others in the same way. She felt exhilarated, but others saw only the limitations of her wheelchair. Austin gave a wonderful TEDtalk about the perceptions of wheelchairs that she encountered, and the art she made with her chair.

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  • A Coach Store’s Nearly Invisible Lift

    December 28, 2012 By Priscilla Fujimura

    Handi-Lift had the opportunity to build a custom wheelchair lift for a Coach store in Chicago. This project was a challenge due to a very short timeline and coordinating the collaboration between companies in Chicago, New Jersey, Brooklyn, and Canada. The Handi-Lift team designed a nearly invisible lift that fit perfectly into the store's aesthetic and met the goal timeline. To read more about the custom wheelchair lift that Handi-Lift built for Coach, see this Featured Project page.

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  • New York Warriors Quad Rugby Tournament

    December 21, 2012 By Priscilla Fujimura

    The New York Warriors Quad Rugby team hosted a tournament in Albertson Long Island on December 8th and 9th.  It was a 5-team tournament, including teams from New York, Philadelphia, and Connecticut. Handi-Lift had the opportunity to sponsor a portion of the event.

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  • New Phone System at Handi-Lift

    April 14, 2012 By Doug Boydston

    Doesn’t it drive you crazy when you have to upgrade, change, buy new software and hardware all the time? Well, we did it. We changed our phone system. What a pain in the you know what! Our main numbers are still the same, but read more to find new contact information for our Sales Team.

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  • Featured Project: Emigrant Savings Bank

    April 14, 2012 By Doug Boydston

    The Emigrant Savings Bank at 10 Downing Street in Manhattan serves the long-time residents of Greenwich Village, many of whom are seniors who still like to do their banking face-to-face. They come in, take a look at the stairs, and wonder if there is a better way to get to the tellers. Now the branch manager, who knows most of them by name, can tell them that there is a better way: a new vertical lift.

    Check out our Featured Projects page for photos of this custom stainless and glass vertical platform lift and all the technical details.

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  • Featured Project: Cesare Attolini

    April 14, 2012 By Doug Boydston

    Recently Handi-Lift collaborated with Shamut Design & Construction, RosenbergKolb Architects, and INA Building Shop to create a stunning, one-of-a-kind, vertical platform wheelchair lift for the world-renowned Italian suit makers, Cesare Attolini. Check out our Featured Projects page for photos of this incredibly stylish lift and all the technical details.

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  • Age in Place

    February 25, 2012 By Nora Boydston

    Due to continually improving healthcare, people are living longer than ever before. As the aging population grows, many people find that they want to stay in their own homes instead of moving to a retirement community or care facility. This is called Aging in Place.

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  • Handi-Lift’s Hamilton Grange Wins 2012 Project of the Year!

    February 25, 2012 By Nora Boydston

    Handi-Lift has once again won the Elevator World Project of the Year Award for Accessibility Systems! The winning project is the unique Enclosed Vertical Platform Lift at the Hamilton Grange National Memorial in upper Manhattan. This historic house was built by Alexander Hamilton in 1802 and it was relocated to Saint Nicholas Park at in 2008. This in itself was a feat as the house was lifted twenty feet from the ground and transported down Convent Avenue to its new foundation at 414 West 141st Street.

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  • Amramp Donates Free Access Ramp

    February 25, 2012 By Nora Boydston

    Unable to make it down the stairs outside her home, Lidia Marcella wrote a $1,750 check to a local accessibility company for an access ramp. All Marcella wanted was the ability to go outside to socialize and engage with her community. But months later, Marcella was still unable to leave her home and the contractors had no intention to install the ramp. Worse yet, when Marcella sought a refund for the project, the company's check bounced. After hearing a report on Fox5 News, Scott Fazzina, General Manager at Amramp, felt compelled to take action. Within weeks, Amramp began construction on a ramp outside Ms. Marcella’s home. Thanks to donated materials and labor from Amramp, Lidia Marcella was able to step outside for the first time in months.

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  • Elevators for Wounded Soldiers

    February 20, 2012 By Nora Boydston

    Here at Handi-Lift, we have recently read some inspiring stories about local businesses, charities, and members of the community joining together to help wounded soldiers gain accessibility in their homes. Our friends at Hudson Elevators in Staten Island, NY were recently part of an effort to build a new, accessible home for a Brendan Marrocco, the first survivor of a quadruple amputation of the war in Iraq.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Taxi for New York City

    November 02, 2011 By Karen Poch

    On October 21, 2011, the MV-1 wheelchair accessible taxi was officially approved for the streets of New York. While taxi drivers now have the option to ride in the MV-1, most disability advocates consider this only a small victory.

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  • October is Disability Awareness Month

    October 25, 2011 By Karen Poch

    As we near the end of October, leaves are falling and the air is filled with the smell of spices and crisp apples. But don’t forget to celebrate this glorious time of year by honoring Disability Awareness Month along with Handi-Lift.

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  • Handi-Lift’s Subway Lift Wins Project of the Year!

    October 05, 2011 By Karen Poch

    New York City infrastructure is complicated.  The triple-layer city spans 160 feet underground to the 1,454 foot super structures of the Empire State Building, making transportation above and below ground, an elaborate undertaking. This is one of many reasons that Handi-lift’s intricate installation in the 44th street and 8th avenue subway has won the organization Project of the Year for the fifth year in a row!

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  • Accessible Irene

    September 09, 2011 By Karen Poch

    Wheelchair accessibility issues seem to concern governmental agencies most as emergency situations arise, but Hurricane Irene left many wondering if it concerns them enough.

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  • Prenatal Genetic Testing and Disablism

    September 02, 2011 By Karen Poch

    In the day of designer babies, some parents feel entitled to know every detail of their child’s genetics, even before birth.  Genetic insight is not only used to choose hair color, eye color, or sex; but may also affect parents’ decisions about whether or not to have their child at all.

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  • Happy Anniversary, Handi-lift!

    August 19, 2011 By Karen Poch

    Just one year ago, Handi-lift showed the world (not just Elevator World) what they could accomplish by installing the New York City Subway’s first wheelchair accessible lift.

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  • Featured Non-Profit: The Wheelchair Foundation

    August 16, 2011 By Karen Poch

    A self-made millionaire by age 27, Kenneth E. Behring built his fortune in vintage car sales, real estate development, and the purchase and sale of the Seattle Seahawks.  When there was nothing more he wanted to buy, he decided to dedicate the rest of his life giving back.  Thus began The Wheelchair Foundation, the first of many international service organizations Kenneth Behring has founded and funded in the last  eleven years.

    Since its start in June 2000, The Wheelchair Foundation, has donated over 800,000 wheelchairs to people in over 150 countries world-wide!  They host annual golf tournaments, wine auctions, and employ college students and youth across the country to raise funds for wheelchair donations.

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  • New York City Needs Real Accessible Transit

    August 10, 2011 By Karen Poch

    From my days as a special educator, I will never forget the exhausting daily routine of loading students onto the big yellow “cheese” buses trailing down 23rd street in Manhattan.  Everyday we blocked traffic for an hour, listened to pedestrians complain and car horns blare while we used lifts and straps to get 37 students in wheelchairs onto their appropriate school buses.
    It was a lengthy and physically exhausting process for everyone involved.  So I often wonder, as I meander up and down endless sets of stairs in the NYC subway system,  ‘When will New York provide full access to people in wheelchairs?’

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  • TSA Under Fire for Treatment of Wheelchair Users

    July 21, 2011 By Priscilla Fujimura

    Plenty has been said about the abuses of the TSA searches, and now the organization is hearing outrage from a married couple who felt unfairly targeted due to their wheelchairs.

    This is not so long after the TSA mistreated an elderly woman who is also a wheelchair user.

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  • Featured Non-Profit: Sail to Prevail

    July 14, 2011 By Karen Poch

    Sail to Prevail is a nonprofit that provides sailing opportunities for individuals with disabilities. They design sailing equipment for each individual's needs and allow sailors with disabilities to compete among "able-bodied" crews.

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  • Medicaid Reforms Up For Debate

    July 12, 2011 By Karen Poch

    In an effort to trim the nation’s budget deficit, major reductions to Medicaid are on the table.  To help deal with the potential cuts, many are advocating for greater financial support for community-based services rather than funding for expensive private institutions.  Its not hard to see why: these institutions can cost near $137,000 a year to serve a person with an intellectual disability, while assisting the same person with community-based services requires on average only $44,000 a year.

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  • Campaign to Stop the Use of the R-Word

    July 06, 2011 By Karen Poch

    Tracy Morgan and other public figures have recently been criticized for using the word "retard" inappropriately. People First Language has started a campaign to end the offensive use of the R-word.

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  • Vote for your Favorite ESPY Athlete!

    July 01, 2011 By Karen Poch

    We’ve all teared up watching Team Hoyt win their awe-inspiring father-son duathlons, marathons, triathlons, and even Iron Man Competitions.  But now Rick & Dick Hoyt aren’t the only ones representing for athletes with disabilities.

    On July 13th ESPN will be celebrating 2 premier athletes with disabilities in their ESPY Awards!

    See some of our favorite nominees .

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  • On the Road with Accessible Travel Blogs

    June 07, 2011 By Priscilla Fujimura

    Warm weather has arrived in the Northeast, summer break approaches and the season for travel begins. Check out these blogs & websites for news and stories from the travels of wheelchair users around the world.

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  • Disablism in the Workplace

    May 31, 2011 By Priscilla Fujimura

    Is America really the land of opportunity? That depends on your perspective. For some individuals with disabilities, who face discrimination in hiring practices, company policies, and workplaces, it may not be so simple.

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  • Inspiration from Around the Web

    April 21, 2011 By Doug Boydston

    Elevated NY is a website dedicated to sharing the stories of inspiring people who have overcome unthinkable situations to thrive and succeed, created by Dave from Access Elevator of Farmingdale, New York.

    Just Say Something! is a project from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities that encourages people to speak up when they see something that’s wrong and when they see something that’s right.

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  • Handi-Lift Designs and Builds Custom Enclosure for Boeing Project

    April 21, 2011 By Doug Boydston
    Custom designed vertical platform (wheelchair) lifts are our specialty at Handi-Lift. We enjoy the process of working with an architect or client to design a lift that complements the space and blends into the aesthetic of building. We had the opportunity to design such a custom lift for Boeing Company’s ADF-East building in Vienna, Virginia. For the Boeing lift, we collaborated with Scott Hobson of Area Access. Area Access bought the base lift system and shipped it to our shop. Handi-Lift created a custom design to fit the heavy duty base drive system and the surrounding architecture. The unique design…

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  • Ramps vs. Lifts

    April 21, 2011 By Doug Boydston

    Ramps and Lifts both have advantages and disadvantages, depending on the site and building configuration. Ramps are not always the answer to a particular accessibility challenge. Vertical and Inclined Platform (wheelchair) Lifts may be the first choice, depending on the application and should not be considered only a last resort when there is no way to make a ramp fit.

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  • New 2010 Standards for Accessible Design Now Available on ADA website

    April 21, 2011 By Doug Boydston
    The new 2010 updates to the original 1991 ADA Standards for Accessible Design were announced by President Barack Obama on July 27 2010, and are now available on the ADA website. There are new requirements for recreation facilities such as amusement parks and pools, and public facilities such as courthouses and correctional facilities. Additional changes to the 1991 Standards include reach range requirements on accessible elements, and new regulations for accessible routes in workplaces, assembly areas, and parking structures. President Obama also signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The UN Enable supports efforts to improve the situation for…

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  • Heavy Duty Vertical Lifts Now Available

    March 07, 2011 By Doug Boydston

    When designing the accessibility solution, architects should consider the versatility of the product and the frequency of use. Most standard off the shelf vertical platform lifts meet the letter of the law and go up and down, but are not designed for heavy use. If you have an application where heavy use is anticipated you may want to consider a LULA Elevator, which is basically a small commercial elevator. However, you may be able to get the ride quality and speed without all of the cost if you specify a heavy-duty vertical lift like the Elvoron CPL by Garaventa.

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  • A Culture of Accessibility in Brazil

    February 21, 2011 By Nora Boydston

    Brazil will be hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Organizing Committee has been working with the Brazilian Paralympic Committee to ensure that the event is truly accessible for all. Andrew Parsons, the President of the BPC, believes now is the time to create “a culture of accessibility” as a legacy for future generations

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  • Handi-Lift Requested to Work on Prestigious Project in Singapore

    February 21, 2011 By Nora Boydston

    Recently Handi-Lift was contacted by Chan Keng Whatt of Chevalier Group for information about a custom designed platform wheelchair lift for a prestigious project in Singapore. The project is called Skyline @ Orchard Boulevard, a luxury residence building developed by Far East Organization, the largest private property developer in Singapore.

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  • Handi-Lift Installs First Ever Wheelchair Lift in NYC Subway

    November 19, 2010 By Nora Boydston

    Handi-lift was recently given the opportunity to install the first wheelchair lift in the NYC subway system.Tishman Corp. had developed the property at 44th Street and 8th Avenue and was responsible for providing updated accessibility to the existing subway entrance below the new Hotel Intercontinental. Handi-lift was already consulting on another accessibility project for the MTA and was brought in to help with this unique challenge.

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  • Yankees HOPE Week Brings Smiles to Disabled Kids

    November 15, 2010 By Nora Boydston

    For the second year in a row, the Yankees dedicated one week out of their busy August schedules to HOPE: Helping Others Persevere and Excel. For this special event, Yankees players and executives were inspired to give their time and enthusiasm to appreciate and encourage extraordinary everyday people.

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  • Jackie Jackson Visits Handi-Lift

    November 01, 2010 By Doug Boydston

    Jackie Jackson, an extraordinary advocate for public accessibility, joined Handi-Lift as a special guest at our recent All Company Meeting. This was a unique opportunity for our staff to gain new insight into the experience of the end users of our equipment.

    Together we discussed Anti-AwD, the opposite of our credo, Accessibility with Dignity.

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  • New York City Inspection Initiative

    March 01, 2010 By Doug Boydston
    One of the things holding back the platform lift industry is the inconsistent enforcement of safety standards. We are very happy that New York City has finally decided to implement periodic inspection procedures for vertical and inclined platform lifts in public buildings. Prior to 2009 these lifts were only inspected by the city upon initial installation and never looked at again. In many cases, where an immediate need was not apparent, these lifts were not maintained and fell into disrepair. In 2009 platform lifts were brought under the same inspection procedures as full commercial elevators. Periodic testing was always required…

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  • Accessibility Advocate Creating Change in Government

    March 01, 2010 By Doug Boydston

    Jackie Jackson, the accessibility advocate featured in the article, has done a wonderful job raising awareness in a creative way in her town of South Plainfield and in other towns as well such as Edison by inviting officials to experience what it is like to navigate town facilities using a wheelchair. Those of us who take physical mobility for granted may not be aware of obstacles large and small that make life for the wheechair user or anyone who struggles with stairs for any reason.

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  • Greg Harmon Tribute

    February 19, 2010 By Doug Boydston

    At our January ’09 meeting of the ASME A18.1 main committee we had the privilege of honoring Greg Harmon. Greg sold his company, National Wheel-O-Vator and retired from the industry to pursue his hobby farming, full time.

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  • Accessibility with Dignity

    February 04, 2010 By Doug Boydston

    After the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations were en acted in the early 1990s, buyers began to look for low-cost, quick solutions to comply with the law. This desire to install any product that met minimum code and standards meant that good performance and reliability were rare. Because of the poor quality of the average platform lift, the government enacted debilitating regulations on the entire elevator industry. Platform lifts became the pariah of the industry and a last resort. I believe there is hope to reverse this trend, but it is up to accessibility contractors like Handi-Lift to consider the needs of the end user during the contracting process. We use the following diagram to illustrate our mission of Accessibility with Dignity:

     

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