Thursday, October 13, 2011

Global Accessibility Map

Stroke of genius if you ask me! To be able to check on genuine accessibility before hand – unbelievable!

“When a person has a disability, whether it’s a visual, hearing or mobility challenge, you face struggles every single day,” Hansen said. “One of the things you don’t want to have to deal with is when you want to go somewhere to then have artificial barriers that limit you from being a full part of society.” 
“Using Google Maps as a base, the website allows users to rate businesses and locations based on how accessible they are for people with disabilities. The website includes separate rating criteria for people with mobility, sight, and hearing issues.”

Launched just yesterday, the example I pulled up is the Smithsonian Museum of Art in Washington DC. As a caregiver it is revolutionary that not only can I find out in advance about specific accessibility details but even companion care restrooms!

START USING and filling out details of places you know! 

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer 
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  1. I will always remember(many years ago, but still)pointing out to my boss that our secretary area was not wheelchair accessible. I was told that was not a problem since we'd not be hiring anyone in a wheelchair.

  2. Wonderful service! I'm sure you'll be putting it to great use, Patrick! I have to say when the kids were younger, the first thing I would do in a new store/place was check out where the bathrooms were. Doing it online beforehand would have safed a bit of anxiety wondering where they were. Great invention whoever thought of it!


  3. Rick Hansen who is responsible for the launch of this service may be remembered as the Canadian Paralympian who circled the world in 26 months in a wheelchair back in the 80's. Now it's up to everyone else to make it work by updating accessibility information of hotels, museums, restaurants, etc

  4. True genius......great idea and I've shared it with everyone here at the hospital. Hopefully everyone will continue adding to the site.


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