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We are proclaiming the whole of May as Mapping Month! 

Just going for a walk is getting boring? Do you know every corner of your neighborhood by heart by now? Take a closer look at places in your neighborhood with the help of Wheelmap! 

Simple language

We are starting  an event that everyone can take part in.

It’s about neighbors and places near you. 

We want to make a difference together. You can do your part to help.

Wheelmap is a map. It shows if people in wheelchairs can get into a place.
Everyone can add information to the map.

In May, please add information about places in your neighborhood.

Click on ‘Join now’ below. 

You can also help us in other ways. 

On this page you will find everything you need to know. 

Do you have questions? Send an email to: [email protected] 

How it works 

  1. Click on the button below. You will be directed to our Mapping Event. 
  2. There click on ‘Participate’. You are then part of the event. 
  3. Find places nearby that are still grey or don’t have a WC rating yet.
  4. Check the location or WC and enter the wheelchair accessibility. 
  5. It is best to upload a photo as well. 
  6. Your information about the location is directly visible for all Wheelmap users.

Organize a mapping walk 

You can also participate as a group for this Corona-free outdoor activity. 

  1. Choose a date and invite neighbors, friends or colleagues.
  2. Meet in a video call and start planning the event together. Here you can discuss who will map which areas and what your goal for the event could be  
  3. Click on “participate in the event”. 
  4. On the chosen date and time rate the locations in the area on Wheelmap.org individually or with people from your household. In order to make it a real group event stay connected via a chat. 
  5. Afterwards you can celebrate your achievement in a virtual event.

 

There will also be some video calls organized by the Wheelmap team. Here we will explain how the whole thing works and explain the procedure. You are welcome to join these calls as well. If you are interested, please contact us with an email  to [email protected]

Attention Covid-19:

Please avoid crowds. Do not go into situations where you do not feel comfortable. Please be sure to follow the current hygiene rules (wear a mask etc.). Many entrances of places on the map can be rated from outside in the fresh air. Also,  many places on the map are located outside (e.g. Bus stops and playgrounds). 

Why all this? 

Any information about whether a store, café, restaurant, or other public place has a level entrance and step-free interior helps people with wheelchairs, walkers and strollers in your area to find accessible services. Wheelmap.org makes this form of neighborhood assistance easy.

Accessibility information

About 15% of the world’s population has a disability. Information about accessibility is very important for this large group of people. Support your neighbors with disabilities by responding to their need for accessibility information.

Equal participation 

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities states that all people have a right to equal participation everywhere and everyday. Promote cohesion in your neighborhood and make it easier for people with and without disabilities to get to know each other.

Take responsibility for diversity 

Taking a stand for diversity in society and actively promoting it is more important than ever. Be a role model and show that people with different backgrounds and abilities belong just as much as everyone else.

Most of the materials for this campaign were created in a seminar at the Freie Schule für Gestaltung Hamburg. Thanks again to the students for the great work! 

Images: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de 

Graphics: Adina Herrmann (Sozialhelden e.V.)

Video: Anna-Marie Hoormann

We will publish many more materials on social media. Stay tuned!

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