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Incline Beam/Ramp

Description: Any combination of one to four pieces of wood that lead the participant from the ground to a platform. The individual attempts to reach the platform using as many pieces of wood as they desire.

Examples of Inclusive Options:

  • By using separate pieces of wood‚ this element becomes universal because the person can place the pieces together if they are ambulatory or separate them to match up to the wheels and their wheel chair.

  • When spotting this activity for someone that uses a wheelchair‚ spot the person 80% and the wheel chair 20%.

  • If the individual uses a powerchair‚ decrease the power level to a low setting.

  • Add a raised edge to the platform by screwing on pieces of ood to keep a wheelchair from rolling off the edge.

  • By adding deck board to the outside of the beams‚ you can protect against a wheel slipping off the element.

    This is a photo of a young man pushing his wheelchair up an incline beam to a platform.  The young man has a person on each side of his wheelchair and one person walking behind his chair; all are working as safety spotters.
    A challenge participant pushes his wheelchair up the incline beam‚ as other participants act as safety spotters. (Photo by Bradford Woods.)

    This is a close–up photo of an incline beam with a raised edging.
    Incline beam with edging. (Photo by Bradford Woods.)

    This is a close–up photo of an incline beam without a raised edging.
    Incline beam without protective edging. (Photo by Bradford Woods.)


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