For people with disabilities, finding accessible restaurants and stores can be frustrating. There is often no way to know if a business is accessible until you go and check it out yourself. The free app AccessNow aims to change that. With AccessNow, you can search an interactive map to find locations with the accessibility features you need. You can also join the AccessNow community to rate new locations on the map and add tags and descriptions.
Accessible locations are marked with a green “thumbs up” pin. Partially accessible locations are market with a yellow traffic cone pin. Locations where only the patio is accessible are marked with an orange umbrella pin. Inaccessible locations are marked with a red “thumbs down” pin.
AccessNow was created by Maayan Ziv, a photographer who has Muscular Dystrophy. It is her hope that the app will help tear down barriers by becoming “the Yelp of accessibility”. As the site began in Canada, there are not many Indiana locations mapped yet. However, if you think the app is useful, the best way to change that is to add locations yourself, and ask a friend to do the same.
AccessNow is available for iOS and Android.
Learn more about AccessNow at http://accessnow.me/. For questions, contact the AccessNow team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out other accessibility review apps and websites at http://fifthfreedom.org/three-places-to-review-a-businesss-accessibility/.
Director of Communications
The Fifth Freedom Network