For those with disabilities, traveling around the world is a little more difficult if not downright daunting. To find an accessible local business or service is difficult enough, but in a foreign country it is almost impossible – or at least it used to be.
That is until Raul Krauthausen of Germany, a wheelchair user himself, developed a free iPhone app just for that. Called Wheelmap, the app shows wheelchair access places around the world and rates them on their accessibility.
Red, yellow or green tags indicate the level of wheelchair access of each location. Red has no wheelchair access, yellow has partial wheelchair access and green is totally accessible for wheelchair use. Gray locations mean that place has yet to be rated.
That’s where users can help. Since the app is also linked to the Wheelmap website, gallivanting travelers from around the globe can rate locations on their accessibility and even share tips. While most of the cities are in Germany right now, you can rate anyplace you’ve been – buildings in your local town or those you have traveled to in your state, the USA or Canada. Major cities like London and New York are growing in ratings, but you can put your own city on the map!
This interactive feature has proved popular and expanded the list of accessible buildings. The app is quickly being used worldwide.
You can rate locations without registering, but must log in to add specific comments and share tips. It is still a work in progress, but you can help it grow!
Visit the English version of the app at http://en.wheelmap.org/.
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