Gale Schmidt's quiet dream of two years ago has come true! She's providing affordable wheel chair ramps all over the Portland area (residences, businesses, taverns and the Buddhist priory, a total of over 40, from 5 ft to 60 ft long).
Early in 1997, as a volunteer helping a church build a ramp, Gale Schmidt learned how expensive and time-consuming it could be. She thought there must be an easier way. She came up with the idea of modular mostly metal ramps, built in her shop and assembled in less than a day on site. She researched codes for strength, height, slope, etc.; designed and fabricated the components, submitted it to an engineering firm for verification, and received from the state of Oregon a master permit - her ramps meet all ADA requirements.
With a background in cabinet making, Gale has a big heart and is committed to being a resource for people who need access resources. Joined by Georgena Moran, these two women are making a huge difference in a positive way in the lives of people all around town.
Contact her for more information: ACCESSABILITY, Inc., 4015 SE 56th Ave., Portland, OR 97206; 771-2000; fax 503-771-1555; CCB#119736.
See her latest ramp at It's My Pleasure, 3106 NE 64th, Portland. 503-280-8080