We are a non-profit organization formed in 1990 to meet the needs of the accessibility equipment manufacturers, distributors and end users.


In 2005 the association modified its vision and its OFFICIAL BYLAWS Nov 2018 in order to create an “all industry members association”. Any person, firm or corporation with an interest in the private residence elevator and accessibility equipment industry may apply for membership in the association and if approved, become a full voting member with equal input into the activities of the association.

The following excerpt is direct from the bylaws of the association:

Article II – Scope and Definition

a. Scope

AEMA is an association of persons and entities with an interest in the “Private Residence Elevator and Accessibility Equipment” industry.

b. Definition

The term “Private Residence Elevator and Accessibility Equipment. industry includes the design, manufacturing , installation , servicing and maintenance of vertical, inclined and horizontal conveying systems which are used primarily to provide access and/or egress for persons in public and private residence environments, commonly known as platform lifts, stair-lifts, wheelchair lifts, access elevators, private residence elevators, home elevators, stairway chairlifts, limited use/limited application elevators, LULA elevators and similar products. (See Article V-Section 1 for membership qualifications).

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Our Vision for Your Future

To grow and develop the accessibility equipment industry by establishing and participating in programs that promote the awareness, understanding and use of accessibility equipment

To encourage accessibility equipment manufacturers to interact collectively with building owners, code writers, regulatory authorities, accessibility contractors, government and others associated with accessibility equipment

To contribute to the development, standardization and proliferation of safety codes and standards that affect the design, installation and use of accessibility equipment

To promote the common business interests of the accessibility and elevator industries

To serve as a forum for the standardization of accessibility equipment design aspects that impact user safety, security and ease of use, including equipment operation, signage and terminology.

President’s 2019 Message – Ron Rucker

Dear AEMA Members,

I am honored to serve as AEMA’s 2019 board President and be a part of an association that comes together, not only to share their knowledge, but where lasting friendships can develop.  I look forward to hearing of your successes, ideas, and any concerns you may have in the coming year.

It pleases me to welcome back returning board members:  Mark Townsend of Garaventa, James Boydston of Handi-Lift, Kurt Frietzsche of Pacific Access; and to welcome new board members Mark Crispen of Inclinator and Maxine Savard of Savaria.  Katrina Fleming, of Garaventa, is returning as Secretary, along with Don Zimmerman of Home Elevator of Texas, as Treasurer.  Bill Richardson, of Savaria, will continue to represent AEMA on the A117.1 code committee and Bill Page, of Bruno, will be the liaison between AEMA and NAEC.

A special thank you to all the above-mentioned for volunteering and coming together to help further improve the lives of people who will benefit from LU/LA and private residence elevators and accessibility equipment.  It is a privilege to serve alongside a group of individuals so committed to our industry.

AEMA’s 2019 focus, and my mission as President, will be to continue to promote education through the CET/CAT programs, be an advocate for product safety and development through member involvement on various code committees, and be pro-actively involved, on a federal and state level, as legislative issues affecting our trade arise.

As we look to the future and prepare for changes that affect our industry and member organizations, my goal is to help ensure that AEMA continues to be a valuable resource and an advocate for our members.  I look forward to seeing you at our Annual General Meeting (AGM).


Ron Rucker

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