Millions of North Americans are affected by disabilities that limit
their mobility. Physically challenged people encounter many obstacles
each day. Barriers such as stairs raised building entrances and steep
inclines deny access to public buildings and even to parts of their own
homes. The handicap accessibility equipment industry seeks to remedy
these barriers by providing mobility solutions to the elderly and
disabled. The industry constitutes manufacturers of stairway lifts,
vertical platform lifts, inclined platform lifts residential elevators
and limited use or limited application elevators designed to enhance
mobility of the disabled and elderly individual.