HAS Coulaines (Sarthe), Aurore Schroeder has appealed for donations to collect Lego. Bricks, slabs, no matter the color or size, he needs plenty of them. Not to build a fortified castle or a pirate ship, but an access ramp for people with reduced mobility (PRM). Recipient of the disabled adult allowance (AAH), this 41-year-old single mother has been traveling with a walker for a year due to fibromyalgia. Stepping through the door of his apartment has become ” a galley “, she explains: a threshold two centimeters high obliges her to lift her frame on wheels to enter and leave her home. Handling is even trickier with shopping bags. An inclined plane would help him greatly. Might as well make it yourself. Great advantage of Lego: assembling them does not require any notion of DIY.
The idea did not come from her, but from a German sexagenarian, Rita Ebel, victim of a road accident twenty-five years ago. Tired of not being able to enter certain shops in her town of Hanau, in the Land of Hesse, with her wheelchair, she decided, in 2019, to make her own PMR ramps with the famous small Danish-designed bricks – made of thermoplastic polymer, which gives them great impact resistance. “Mamie Lego”, as it is called across the Rhine, has since been emulated all over Europe, to whom it graciously sends its assembly instructions. Important detail: assembled with the reinforcement of ultra-adhesive glues, these do-it-yourself ramps do not meet European standards; they can only be used in a private setting, and not to compensate for deficiencies in accessibility of establishments that can accommodate the public.
Focus on generosity
As Rita Ebel recommends, Aurore Schroeder has chosen to bet on generosity to collect the hundreds of miniature bricks she needs. The disciple hung posters in the shops of Coulaines, created a Facebook group presenting their project and open an online kitty (intended to finance in particular its purchases of glue). She also contacted toy stores and supermarkets in Le Mans with the idea of recovering unsold items – without success – as well as with the French branch of Lego, which referred her to the group’s foundation. A happy surprise: a lady named Michèle sent her two new boxes a week ago, each containing 1,000 bricks. Enough to make your own ramp, but also to start others.
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