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A large ramp once took a day or more, it now requires just three or four hours.
David Dankenbring has developed a software formula for designing and building wheelchair ramps in record time and with almost no waste.
For the scores of MLM clients who need a ramp to regain their freedom and access medical visits, it means MLM is able to build more ramps, faster and with less investment.
Dankenbring built a ramp for his own daughter who uses a wheelchair then began working with MLM’s minor home repair team. He developed a design that utilizes a module system that can be precut off site following careful measurements.
“We go to the site and take measurements and photos,” he noted. “We decide the shape it has to be, then create a design based on our basic plan. It works very well.”
A computer programmer for 27 years, Dankenbring created a spreadsheet that calculates the materials needed. Where a large ramp once took a day or more, it now requires just three or four hours.
And while Dankenbring is modest, the result for people who have their mobility restored is, indeed, a miracle. Many of those who benefit from the ramps have been effectively trapped in their homes for years, unable to go for groceries, doctor visits or church.
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