Mobile technology often helps users with digital accessibility, but a new application would encourage access to physical locations as well. Wheel New York is a new mobile app and website that would help users with disabilities rate locations in New York City for wheelchair access and also help them plan accessible routes.
The project was the brainstorm of Jennifer Feinberg, whose brother Alex uses a wheelchair. Wheel New York would provide users with information to navigate accessible paths through the city, alerting them of broken elevators, cracked sidewalks, or other places that are not easily accessible for wheelchairs. In addition to helping users in wheelchairs, the app would also be beneficial to parents with strollers.
Kickstarter campaign to fund app development
Currently the startup is raising funds via a Kickstarter campaign. If the campaign proves to be successful, the app could come to additional cities as well. So far, the campaign has reached $15,000 of the $50,000 goal to fun website and app development. In addition to the web app, the mobile app would be available in both iOS and Android formats.
More information can be found on Wheel New York’s Kickstarter campaign page.