Thursday, February 20, 2020

Meet the grandma building accessible ramps out of Legos

Motherhood is the necessity of invention, the saying goes, but it also holds true for people with disabilities, who have to be resourceful in the face of access obstacles. Meet Lego Grandma, aka Rita Ebel, a 62-year-old woman living in Hanau, Germany, who uses a wheelchair. She got frustrated with the lack of accessible businesses in her town. So she started building mini ramps made entirely out of donated Legos, glued together onto large Lego baseplates.

There are now twelve of these colorful ramps in her town, and she's been sending building instructions to Austria and Switzerland, reports Reuters. Says Rita, "For me, it is just about trying to sensitize the world a little bit to barrier-free travel."

Image: Screen grab/Reuters video


  1. Amazing! I wonder if they could be portable and a person using a wheelchair could use them wherever needed....

  2. What a cool idea! I wonder how much weight those ramps can take.
    I grew up near Hanau. The city needs good vibes at present; a crazy racist gunman shot 10 people there last night and then killed himself.

  3. Reminds me of the Lego Leg!

  4. I think all shops/cafes etc. should have ramps by law.


Thanks for sharing!

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