AccessNow Intro

Google Learning
We would love to tell you about AccessNow in person, but until then, here is a bit from our founder Maayan Ziv.

Full Video Transcript:

Hi my name is Maayan Ziv and I’m a student at Ryerson University.
On the weekend my family and I wanted to go to a new restaurant so like I always do I called ahead just to make sure that the place was accessible for me, and the woman on the phone assured me that it was. So that night we show up at the restaurant
and I’m greeted at the entrance by one very large step.There was no way I was getting in. This is something that’s come up a lot in my life. I’ve missed job interviews because of it. I’ve shown up at friend’s birthday parties and had to turn around and go home. There’s even been times where I’ve just been reluctant to go out at all due to uncertainty
This is a huge problem
and not just for me but also for the 1.85 million people
living with disabilities, in Ontario alone
That’s 1 in 7.
So we came up with this idea.
What if there was a resource that provided people with reliable
accessibility information.
We call this AccessNow.
AccessNow is a mobile app that uses crowdsourcing to pin-point
the accessibility status of locations on an interactive map.
It’s like Google Maps, and then we’ve added our own accessibility layer.
Users can search for specific locations or they can also just look around to see what is nearby with the accessibility features that they require. If information isn’t already appearing on our map,
Users have the ability to add it themselves. With a couple quick clicks,
users have the ability to pin-point and showcase
exactly what accessibility features are located at specific places.
We want to give people the tools that will
empower them to live the lives they want
to live. to be spontaneous, to be social, to have access now.
for more info please visit our website

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