Universal Design - Module 3: Ramping Up For Independence - Design and Construction of Safe and Useable Ramps

Category: Disability


This course is designed for individual consumers and other parties interested in providing safe and useable ramps.

The goals for this course include:

  • Increase awareness of ramp design and construction

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this course will include individual consumers, family members, building trades programs and volunteer organizations.


The length of time for participants to take this course is estimated to be 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Course Content

There are nine sections in this course:

Section 1: How Are We Changing?
Section 2: The ADA and Building Codes
Section 3: Site Considerations

Section 4: Types of Ramps
Section 5: Construction Tips
Section 6: Products and Resources
Section 7: Iowa Contractor Network
Section 8: Funding/Financial Information
Section 9: Ramp Designs 

There are review questions at the end of section 1 to 5. These review questions will provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills presented in these sections. There is a post-test at the end of the course. 

For a full description of requirements for receiving a Certificate of Completion, please go to the "Certificate of Completion" page.


The following organizations collaborate on the development of this course: Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Living Well Iowa at the Center for Disabilities and Development, Iowa Program for Assistive Technology, Midwest Accessibility Initiative, the Upper Midwest Public Health Training Center (UMPHTC), and Institute for Public Health Practice (IPHP) UI College of Public Health.

Funding for this project has been provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.