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App for accessibility information

An idea developed by Israeli startup "Accessible?",where a place can be searched by: name, location, category, distance, or activity

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What problem does your idea solve?

The app developed by "Accessible?" (www.accessapp.info) aims to map and rate places according to accessibility criteria, in order to make easy to research for accessible places and what adaptations they have.
I knew about this startup as I was woking on a similar idea (currently on pause) last year and could talk with its founder, Nadine. I really believe on this idea.

Explain your idea

Imagine a person who has a disability travelling and going out. How to arrive in the destination? Does the transport/street/venue,etc. have the adaptations he/she needs? In such cases, access to reliable and accurate information is more critical for the decision-making process on a purchase and visit.

Who benefits?

People with disabilities who want an independent daily life

How is your idea unique?

The idea of "Accessible?" address the challenge to offer detailed information for persons with disabilities and give them space for rate places according to accessibility criteria.
One thing is the venue post pictures that not always coincide with the reality, plus mentioning to be accessible without any proper adaptation. Another thing is when users with any disability can rate a venue and indicate for their peers and social circles.

Tell us more about you

I'm André, student at Kaospilots Switzerland. Currently in South Africa working on 2 design thinking projects (recycling and low-income housing)
I'm in to develop similar ideas to this app and I'm looking for partners, especially on IT!

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

How to get into the niche of people with disabilities?
How to provide information about accessible places globally?

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • South Africa

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for less than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've worked in a sector related to my idea for less than a year.

Organizational Status

  • Other

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Photo of Fadila Lagadien
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This is now the third similar idea here as well as my own. This means it is really very necessary service for disabled people. I wonder how we can all collaborate albeit in different parts of the continent?

Photo of André Fernandes
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Hi @Fadila Lagadien, I'll take a look in your idea. What help do you need? What collaboration do you have in mind?

Photo of Bettina Fliegel
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Hi Andre, Fadila Lagadien and Conor   

Have you heard of "Our City Love"? This is a model that was posted in the research phase of the Fall Prevention Challenge. This start up hires people with disabilities to collect and share information about accessible restaurants via mobile and cloud technology. Maybe some learnings here?

https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/fall-prevention/research/our-city-love

This video shares the full scope of what Our City Love social enterprise is doing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=si8lAhnjqfg

Photo of Fadila Lagadien
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Thanks for sharing Bettina. I checked it out and connected with them - it is really something I can learn from.

Photo of André Fernandes
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Thanks Bettina Fliegel for sharing thie "Our City Love"! It can be extended to what "Accessible?"'s idea.

Photo of Bettina Fliegel
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Hi Andre, Fadila Lagadien and Conor.

Here is a link to their Facebook Page as well. https://www.facebook.com/OurCityLove/
I think the model is interesting as they are partnering with a variety of organizations as shared on their video.

Photo of Bettina Fliegel
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You're welcome. Any luck hearing back?
I posted a link to their FB page in a comment below as well.

Photo of Fadila Lagadien
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Thanks, nothing yet - I really hope I do:-)

Photo of Bettina Fliegel
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Did you reach out on Facebook?

Photo of Fadila Lagadien
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Yes I did.

Photo of André Fernandes
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Hi Bettina Fliegel thanks for sharing the Facebook page. I had tried by their website and searched on Facebook, but it hadn't work. I'll contact now via email!

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@Bettina Fliegel @ANDREOurCityLove is here, we'd love to contribute and work with you!
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Prof. Dr. Chong-Wey Lin
ChongWeyLin@Gmail.com
http://FB.me/ChongWeyLin

Founder & Curator
OurCityLove Social Enterprise Taiwan

Photo of Fadila Lagadien
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Thanks for your positive response. I will let you know what I think we can do together.

Photo of Fadila Lagadien
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Andre,
I was thinking of collaboration in the sense of App development since I am not technically equipped:-) and we have similar ideas.

Photo of André Fernandes
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Hi Fadila Lagadien I've been also struggling on the development of the app, that's why I paused it for a while. I'm looking for alternatives to mockup and prototype on low-cost.

Photo of André Fernandes
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Thanks Chong-Wey Lin for your contact! I've already sent you an email. What could help Our City Love?

Photo of Fadila Lagadien
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Andre, it seems we are in the same boat in both respects. If I get something done sooner than you I will share and if you get it sooner then share with me. I am asking others around my hometown too.

Photo of Bettina Fliegel
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Welcome Chong-Wey and Our City of Love! During the research phase of The Fall Prevention Challenge (a separate challenge on this OpenIDEO site) Kate Rushton  posted about your work, sharing it with the community. I remembered that post and shared it with Fadila and Andre in a comment here as they are discussing how to develop very similar ideas. Happy to see you have connected with them here! City of Love is inspiring!

Photo of Fadila Lagadien
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Thanks for connecting us Bettina. Thanks Chong-Wey for responding to our requests.

Photo of Bettina Fliegel
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Sure!

Photo of Nick
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Have you considered the availability of access to mobile devices as well as a consistent internet connection? I would imagine most individuals who would benefit most from this concept are limited in their resources.

Photo of André Fernandes
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hi Nick, that's true. Mobile solutions depend on good internet connection that doesn't exist in many developing countries, plus the fact mobile internet is not always affordable for low-income citizens. The big challenge, anyway, remains on how to provide accurate information for those individuals who need most

Photo of Childline Zimbabwe
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i wonder if this application can work both online and offline

Photo of Fadila Lagadien
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If the developers can let it work off and online then it will be preferable. I will ask.

Photo of Fadila Lagadien
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Nick, more people have smartphones than not so it will be accessible in that way. What might be a problem is the cost of data - I must find a way around that.

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Assuming the user has a mobile phone and data access, a search feature would be a good way for persons with disabilities to find places that have certain accessibility. For example, a person who needs wheelchair access and wants to go to a park can search for local parks based on where they are. One important key is the initial data entry and user acquisition to determine which parks, restaurants, spaces are more or less friendly for people with disabilities. Once that is up and running, the usefulness of the app will truly become more realized. Also, its important to note that (of course) not all people with disabilities need the same accommodations, so being able to sort by the specific accommodations/accessibility needed is imperative as well.

Photo of André Fernandes
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Thanks Conor for your feedbacks! I agree that data entry and possibilitie for the users share their own experiences is critical for the credibility of the information in the platform.

Photo of Fadila Lagadien
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Very valuable feedback Conor, and I agree thanks.

Photo of Bettina Fliegel
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Hi all.
This contribution from the Fall Prevention Challenge, also addressing accessibility, might interest you too.

https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/fall-prevention/refinement/pathvu-accessible-pedestrian-routing

pathVU - "pathVu is building a tool that routes pedestrians along the most accessible and walkable routes to increase safe and independent travel."
"We started pathVu with a focus on helping people with disabilities. My brother and our co-founder both use wheelchairs. We believe that designing for accessibility is universal design, and helps all pedestrians."

The website is being created using two tools:
1) a crowdsourcing app
2) a device that they have invented that collects data about sidewalks and pathways.

Photo of Childline Zimbabwe
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Thank you for sharing your idea. The functions of your mobile application are great and unique. We are also developing a mobile application for children to have access to information and reporting platforms. maybe we could share notes.

Photo of Fadila Lagadien
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I am really just thinking about how we can work together to develop the app that will give us the same solution. As I said, it seems to me that there are many of these projects where the problem is knowing where to find accessible facilities and services.

Photo of Bettina Fliegel
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Andre,
Thanks for sharing this app. Is it still in development?
I think it is a powerful idea. As a template this can be used in different locations. I like how it includes pictures so one can see for themselves what the situation is in particular locations.

Photo of André Fernandes
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Hi Bettina Fliegel as far as I know this app is still in development. The "Accessible?" team had pivoted their business model to consultancy for websites and apps towards accessibility. I don't know how they're working now with the app.
Anyway I believe in this idea and it'll be a great thing a platform to provide reliable information for those with special needs.