News from DAC NW


Disability Action Center NW (DAC) is seeking partner organizations in our service area for our Ramp Up Project. This includes, but not limited to, the top five counties of Northern Idaho, along with Spokane County. The Ramp Up Project expansion is funded by a grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Through the program, people can borrow aluminum modular ramps for a short period of time. Priority of the ramps goes to people with paralysis, but other kinds of mobility disabilities can be served as well. In order to accomplish this, DAC is looking for community partner organizations to donate the labor of installing and taking down the ramps.

The modular ramp system goes together in a fashion similar to lego building blocks. First a site evaluation is done to find the best way to configure the ramp. The ramp is always done in a 1” – 12” ratio, that’s 12” of ramp for every 1” of rise. These ramps have a safe surface, level landing pads, and ADA regulation hand rails. Because they don’t attach to the structure they can be installed without a building permit. Once a design is completed, the necessary parts are set aside for delivery and construction. With an experienced team of volunteers, it rarely takes over a couple hours to set one up.

DAC has already installed many ramps. The modular units mean once the pieces are dismantled, they can be reconfigured for the next ramp. 

The Ramp Up Project promotes a vision of an accessible world by reducing barriers to home accessibility. This service also helps to promote advocacy and the independent living philosophy. If you know of anyone interested in knowing more about our program in the north, please contact Bill Steele at or call 208-457-3891 or in north central Idaho contact Mellowdee Brooks at or leave a message at 208-883-0523. 

505 North Main Street
Moscow ID 83843
(208) 883-0523 VOICE-TDD
(208) 883-0524 FAX
(800) 475-0070

330 5th Street
Lewiston ID 83501
(208) 746-9033 VOICE-TDD
(208) 746-1004 FAX
(888) 746-9033

3726 E Mullan Ave
Post Falls ID 83854
(208) 457-3891 VOICE-TDD
(208) 457-3893 FAX

Spokane Youth
25 W Main St, 3rd Floor #West 9
Spokane, WA  99201