Wheelmap Texts & Quotes
Would you like to report about Wheelmap? Here you can find facts and figures as well as quotes by the Wheelmap inventor and activist Raúl Krauthausen.
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With the Sozialhelden project Leidmedien.de we give practical tips (in German) for reporting about people with disabilities. That way reporters can avoid having accidentally “bound” a wheelchair user to his or her wheelchair.
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Wheelmap relies on the local knowledge of many to provide data on the wheelchair accessibility of public places. But there are other approaches to mapping, too: The Project Sidewalk in the U.S., for example, uses the photos of Google Street View to identify barriers for wheelchair drivers.
Wheelmap Pro will make more than 150 different accessibility criteria available from which you can put together your own mapping web app – according to your requirements.
In September the team of Wheelmap.org was in Toronto. We met the Canadian Abilities Foundation, students, and activists of the disability right movement. And of course, we were out and about and took a little mapping tour in Old Town.
Excitement is brewing for a Sozialhelden field trip: the Wheelmap.org and Leidmedien.de project teams are traveling to Canada in order to prepare a MapMyDay campaign and to learn about the Canadian approach to inclusion in a different cultural context.
The Streetspotr crowd has been out and about again doing their photo magic in another round of the famous “step spots”. This time, the activity aimed at gathering photos of entrances for Wheelmap was extended to 9 countries in Europe. The results are stunning, as always.
Wheelmap was launched in the year 2010. Since then, its community has grown and the map has continually expanded. Now the impressive milestone of 750,000 ratings has been passed. Looking back, this is a success story – of the little “wheelchair-tag” and of large-scale engagement.
Engagement for Wheelmap.org shows itself in many different ways and for many different reasons. The English user Ted has taken on a special mission – tagging as many places as possible in the surroundings of the Marciac Jazz Festival in southwest France.
Wheelmap.org goes New York: At this year’s Reelabilities Film Festival the online map for wheelchair accessible places is proud to co-present two movies that are a must-see – especially for all cinema fans who long for a refreshing perspective on wheelchair users.
Billa has tagged their supermarkets on Wheelmap.org that are spread all over Austria. 96 percent of them are fully accessible for wheelchair users. Launching the program “Billa without barriers” the company has made accessibility a high priority topic.
We rang in the new year by expanding Wheelmap once again. A bunch of node types have been added with attractive new icons for you to discover and map in your neighborhood. And due to popular demand, the long awaited node type “physical therapist” is among those now included.
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