There’s a new app that will come in handy for Parapan Am athletes, mothers with babies, and your grandparents.
If you’re in a wheelchair or scooter, walk with a cane, or push a baby stroller, AXS Map is an app that will help you find the most accessible places in your city. It’s based on a rating system that’s similar to Yelp, and features a database that gathers information on accessibility through crowdsourcing.
The problem is that most buildings still aren’t accessible for many people, for whom meeting a friend for coffee or a meal can be a total headache. With the service, anyone can contribute to the ratings – which are based on a scale of 1-5 – of local businesses.
Ratings are based on things like whether the entranceway is wheelchair accessible, whether the establishment has a wheelchair-accessible bathroom, how well lit it is, and whether guide dogs are allowed. As all former servers know, just because a restaurant is accessible from the entranceway, doesn’t mean it won’t house a long set of stairs down to the bathroom, and no accompanying elevator or ramp.
AXS is available as an app or online.
Though it’s pretty timely right now in Toronto, AXS is powered by Google Places API, so it’s accessible all around the world.