Looking for a nice hotel, a yummy restaurant or a good place to go shopping? Many apps and websites help you with that. But if you have a disability, you are often out of luck with your specific questions: Are there steps at the entrance? Will my assistance dog be allowed? Is an induction loop available for my hearing aid? The answers are hard to find and they are missing out. This is a constant problem. Taking part in daily life is a basic human right, a right that is denied to a huge segment of the world’s population every day.
For wheelchair users, the SOZIALHELDEN ("social heroes") have built Wheelmap.org, which is now the largest map to find and report wheelchair information about public places. Other non-profit organizations have also collected information for similar use cases. But the services often only have a local scope, are buried inside other apps or cover just certain kinds of public places.
In this talk, Holger Dieterich will introduce Accessibility.Cloud, an open exchange platform for accessibility data of places. For the first time, it is possible to access such data of over 1.5 million places from 90 different sources through one API.
This will enable app developers to include accessibility information into their services, making them more inclusive for everyone.
This session is held on in 030 Eventloft - Grande