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WheelMap

  • Year: 2012
  • Award: WSA-Mobile
  • Category: Inclusion & Empowerment
  • Producer: Mr. Raul Krauthausen, Mr. Christoph Bünte
  • Country: Germany
  • URL: https://wheelmap.org/

Wheelmap is an online map for wheelchair accessible places. Like Wikipedia, the data is publically owned - anyone can contribute by tagging public places according to their accessibility. Mobility-impaired persons, such as users of wheelchairs or walking frames, use the platform to share relevant location-based information. Can one reach a specific café? Does a popular restaurant have an accessible toilet? Is a municipal office barrier-free? The OpenStreetMap-based approach helps mobility-impaired users, as well as anyone with limited mobility, to plan their day more efficiently. Thousands of e-volunteers supporting the cause add to the database via the web or mobile phones. Wheelmap has more than 250,000 points of interests in eighteen languages. Public awareness raised by Wheelmap can encourage owners of public buildings to improve their location’s accessibility.