Around the world, nearly 40% of physical entities are inaccessible to those with disabilities -- this greatly threatens their lifestyle and independency. Hence, I wanted to create an application that would empower students with disabilities and assist them in their day-to-day life - this is where MapAbility was born.
Connection to Theme
MapAbility is entirely related to the theme of Helix Hacks II. MapAbility, by allowing people to identify, share, and converse upon inaccessible locations, helps mitigate the issue of inaccessibility and promotes accessible locations.
As previously mentioned, nearly 40% of physical entities are inaccessible to those with disabilities - inaccessiblity of locations is a real-world issue that threatens economical and social mobility, and in general, greatly harms the lives of those with disabilities. MapAbility helps address this real-world issue and hence, is closely tied to the theme of Helix Hacks II.
Features + What MapAbility Does
MapAbility is a web application fostering dialogue and action on inaccessible locations, thus promoting social change and empowering students w/ disabilities. In other words, it allows people to report and discuss inaccessible locations, upon which local authorities can take action and resolve the inaccessibility. This greatly assist those with disabilities as the accessibility issues that inhibit their independence and lifestyle are now being preemptively resolved through MapAbility.
How We Built It
One of the biggest challenges we ran into was ensuring the proper implementation of a location-based service -- using a geolocation API, MapAbility was able to address this issue.
In addition, we wanted to find a way to allow for people to report the accessibility of roads and sidewalks, which students with disabilities often use. Our initial approach didn't allow for this but we soon added a new feature (seen in the video) which allows for this!
What's Next for MapAbility
MapAbility would like to continue to grow its initiative - we'd like to add additional features (for example, expanding beyond simply physical accessibility to digital accessibility). Hence, receiving award recognition at Helix Hacks II would provide us with the early traction that we need to continue to grow our venture!
Thank you for taking the time to read our submission!