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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Reporting about people with disabilities
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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As part of the Booking Cares Volunteer programme, a group of Booking.com employees participated in a mapping walk of the main tourist hotspots in Berlin to check on the wheelchair accessibility of the city’s most important sites and the surrounding neighbourhoods.
More than 30 Wheelmap ambassadors are involved around the world in order to promote Wheelmap.org and raise public awareness for wheelchair accessibility. The team of Wheelmap recently started an ambassador training program to introduce volunteers to all activities attached to the ambassador role. Joining in and getting started is possible at any time.
The Wheelmap is getting a new design and better usability in the browser. It is already available for users in a beta version. The map offers several improvements and more clarity!
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.
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