Entrepreneur creates app to make the world more accessible

Americas, March 1 2016

TORONTO, CANADA: As someone who uses a wheelchair, Maayan Ziv was often unsure if city spaces would be accessible until she showed up at the entrance. Unable to find this valuable information anywhere, Maayan took matters into her own hands and developed an application called AccessNow.

Maayan Ziv created Access Now, an app that shows which locations are wheelchair accessible.

Maayan Ziv created Access Now, an app that shows which locations are wheelchair accessible.

This groundbreaking web-based app uses crowdsourced information to pinpoint the accessibility status of hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and tourist destinations around the world on an interactive map.

“AccessNow is a mobile app that is using crowd sourcing to collect and share accessibility information all around the world,” said Ziv.

“I got really frustrated with that process of phoning places and trying to find stuff online. I would show up at locations with information that was often very unreliable. Often, I would basically be faced with a step at the entrance and have to go home.”

Maayan brought her idea to life in Ryerson’s intensive 12-month Master of Digital Media program. Here she gained the skills, opportunities and industry connections needed to incubate and accelerate her project in the digital world. Since its launch, the app has garnered a community of followers and ignited discussion about accessibility and inclusivity for all.

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