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Portable wheelchair ramps


Name: Stacey

Event: Developer Groups



Stacey has muscular dystrophy and uses a power wheelchair
for everyday activities. Many shops/cafes and other buildings have a single step up to enter. Stacey would like to be able to drive up curbs and single steps more independently. Team 3: Step Up from the 2016 TOM: Melbourne Makeathon built a portable wedge (ramp) to enable a power wheelchair to safely mobilise a 150mm step or curb. The team also devised a magnetic pole that could help Stacey place the ramps down. The team designed the ramps so that they could be placed on Stacey’s wheelchair. The final construction took advantage of laser cutting facilities and was painted gold, a crucial element to add some ‘bling’ to Stacey’s power chair, whilst also provided a coating to protect the marine grade plywood. Since the Makeathon, Stacey has switched to a new wheelchair requiring new build specifications. Furthermore, the ramps, when wet, cause the wheelchair to slip off. Stacey would also like the ramps to be more accessible when stowed in her suitcase or back pack as they are currently bulky.


Portable Ramps are designed to allow wheelchair users to independently move over kerbs, gutters and other small height obstacles while moving through a town or city. The device is meant to be used for a single step or kerb.

Safety Information

All digital product files on this page are provided as conceptual designs and were developed by volunteers through a TOM Melbourne event or program.  The design file is provided in the interest of sharing ideas and promoting collaboration. The design as described in the document(s) has not been tested or assessed for safety. Please do not attempt to use any device built using these instructions without first seeking appropriate professional advice on the safety and suitability of the device for your personal situation. 
TOM: Melbourne are unable to advise on the suitability of any design or device for your personal situation, however if you have general questions relating to the instructions or documentation, please contact us via our  email:

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