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Frank A. commented on Access App

@Niloufar Salehi this is a fantastic and easily scalable idea.

I would add that this app benefits not only people with disabilities but also family and friends of people with disabilities. Just as my group of friends often look at a menu online so we know if a place is going to work with everyone's dietary preferences, this app would help groups of people know a place they will go will accommodate everyone in their group. I work in disability program evaluation and many of us have accessibility needs. When I travel to conferences, the restaurants that we know are accessible get a lot of business, i.e. big groups who spend lots of money. I think Businesses that are accessible would be very eager to appear in this database.

From an entreprenurial perspective, I think there is an opportunity beyond just accessibility ratings and reviews. I just purused Yelp and noted they are not currently in any of the areas covered in this challenge. What if Access App entered these markets as the first app that allows users to report on how accessible a restuarant is AND how delicious it is? This might bring more traffic to the app and would introduce concepts of disability access to audiences outside of people with disabilties. Perhaps the app could require users to enter information on accessibility in order to submit additional review information. I'm eating a cafe right now with a "People Love us on Yelp" sticker on a window outside of the entrance. How cool would it be to walk by a cafe in Capetown or Lagos and see a sticker in a shop window that reads, "People love us on Access App."

I think implementation of this would work best in areas with relatively high internet/smartphone penetration rates. I did some crude web research and found a somewhat recent sample survey of people in 40 nations conducted by the Pew Research Center: http://www.pewglobal.org/2016/02/22/internet-access-growing-worldwide-but-remains-higher-in-advanced-economies/. While not all of the countries on the Challenge list were included in this survey, we can see that among those who were, there is a good deal of variation in internet and smart phone penetration. The countries listed below were included in the sample and the number in parenthesis is, "adults who use the internet at least occasionally or report using a smartphone."

Occupied Palestinian Territories (72%)
South Africa (42%)
Kenya (40%)
Nigeria (39%)
Ghana (25%)
Tanzania (21%)
Uganda (11%)
Ethiopia (8%)

Final thoughts.....

If the app were launched, it would be important to make sure the database becomes populated. Could Access App organize community members when launching the app to get an initial set of data into the app? If you build it, they will come.

Also,I think it might make sense to pilot the app in some different areas before launching more broadly. Rating and describing accessibility in a populous urban area may be different than rating in in a more rural area since geographic access in and of itself may be a barrier to access.

Best of luck.

Thanks for bringing this to my attention @katerushton and thanks for the idea Chris Ashford. My introverted 78 year old father would be much more likely to use HiM than to go to a senior center for a seminar or make an appointment with doctor.

I see users have a choice input data during or after exercise. Might this lead to problems with reliability of data? I'm not sure of the nature of the data so this may be a silly question. If it asks,"did you complete this full execerise routine? Y/N," I am sure that is reliable. If it asks people to input a specific number of repetitions completed, it might be harder for people to recall after. Just a thought.

I like the idea of being able to self-administer a test and then share those results with a healthcare professional in a clinical setting. I can see this being very popular with councils on aging, elder services agencies, and health insurance companies. Do you know how physicians and nurses feel about the tool? I think for the results to be useful in a clinical setting you would need buy-in from healthcare professionals.

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Frank A. commented on Accessibility in public areas

Torsten Lindholm ,

I love this idea! I live in Boston, MA (US) and a local company created an App called Ableroad that is very similar to Yelp (is Yelp international?) but people rate places, businesses, etc. based on accessibility. https://www.ableroad.com/ The AbleRoad app helps people with disabilities choose places to visit but I think a platform like this might be a good way to get information to governments who enforce disability access and inclusion laws. And of course if businesses were to see their ratings on the apps, perhaps they would make improvements on their own.