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Sozialhelden e.V. is collaborating with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) to help countries design and implement a disability-inclusive response and recovery plan for COVID-19. The information compiled on this site will be provided to UN DESA and used to create a website showing the accessibility of COVID-19 testing sites worldwide.
Public authorities, organizations etc. have information on testing sites. Please use our template, add your information and send it to: [email protected]
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
A testing site is any place where you can get tested for COVID-19, whether it is a general practicioner, a specialized testing center or an improvised, temporary facility.
A) Anyone can add information, whether you work at a testing site, you yourself got tested there, or you have knowledge of that place for any other reason. This is the power of crowdsourcing, which is based on the effort of every single participating person.
B) We are also reaching out to other NGOs, governments and healthcare-related institutions and asking them to provide any relevant data which they may have. Their representatives can also add relevant data directly.
A) If you want to add a single testing site, please use the form provided. There you will be asked to add information about the location and its accessibility.
B) If you have a list of several testing sites, you can add these with our data template. Please make sure that the data matches our criteria. This helps us to merge all the different data sources into one database.
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) is working on a project to help countries design and implement a disability-inclusive response and recovery plan for COVID-19. Given the need for quick action in addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the outputs of this project will be released as quickly as possible. As part of this project, UN DESA will create and manage a website showing the accessibility of COVID-19 testing sites worldwide.
Sozialhelden e.V. (Social Heroes) is a non-governmental organization that has been developing creative projects to address societal problems since 2004. The enthusiastic activists draw attention to important issues and offer practical solutions in a spirit of diversity, inclusion and fun. Combining innovative ideas with a sense of humor has proven to be a very successful mix: the Berlin-based team has won a slew of prestigious international and national prizes, including ones from Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the former VP of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes. The organisation’s founder and chairman, Raúl Krauthausen, is an Ashoka-fellow and the bearer of the Federal Order of Merit of Germany which was presented to him by Ursula von der Leyen.
The COVID-19 pandemic makes it important to act very quickly. The campaign will probably end around the end of January. If this changes, we will update this information.
All data provided will become a public good. There will be no owner, hence no one can sell the data or limit its beneficial use. By transmitting your data (either via our form, by e-mail or in other ways such as a file upload) you agree to having the provided data published under the following licence: Open Data Commons Public Domain Dedication and License (PDDL)
Sozialhelden e.V. will evaluate the data and send it (only data related to the testing sites) to UN DESA. Sozialhelden will also integrate the data into an online map, either Wheelmap.org and/or other maps specialized for this purpose. Other persons or institutions will also be enabled to use the data. We will provide the data via our API on our backend accessibility.cloud.
All data related to a person (e.g. the email address used to send us information) will be dealt with according to GDPR rules. We will only respond to your email a.) if you asked for it, b.) we have a question regarding the data, or c.) because we want to thank you.
You can share your knowledge about the accessibility of all kinds of public places, not only of COVID-19 testing sites. On the map at www.wheelmap.org you can easily add your accessibility information and become part of a worldwide community that contributes to the map.
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