HANAU, Germany (Reuters) – Confronted with rows of inaccessible retailers and cafes, wheelchair person Rita Ebel has devised a low-tech high-fun resolution – ramps fabricated from Lego.
“For me it’s nearly attempting to sensitise the world slightly bit to barrier-free journey,” Ebel mentioned within the German city of Hanau. She has been utilizing a wheelchair since she was concerned in a automobile accident 25 years in the past.
“Anybody might immediately find yourself in a scenario that places them in a wheelchair, prefer it did me,” the 62-year-old grandmother mentioned.
Helped by her husband, Ebel typically spends two to a few hours a day constructing the made-to-order ramps which include a number of hundred of the small plastic bricks caught along with as much as eight tubes of glue.
The intense colors stand out on the town centres, she mentioned.
“No person simply walks previous a Lego ramp with out looking. Whether or not it’s kids who attempt to get the bricks out or adults who take out their cell phones to take footage,” she mentioned.
Native companies are additionally enthusiastic.
“It’s an excellent concept,” mentioned Malika El Harti, who received a ramp for her hair salon. “Everybody who walks previous is blissful in regards to the ramps. Lastly you possibly can see from afar which you could get in right here with none issues.”
Reliant on donations, the most important problem is getting maintain of bricks, mentioned Eber, as many households can’t bear to half with them.
The concept is even catching on overseas. Eber, who additionally has a part-time job, has despatched ramp constructing directions to Austria and Switzerland and there may be curiosity from Spain and a college in the US.
Reporting by Reuters Tv; Writing by Madeline Chambers; Enhancing by Alison Williams