Over 50 million people in America have a mobility disability.
Wheelable was inspired by personal experiences along with this being a problem that’s not going away anytime soon. We wanted to make a positive impact with anybody that has to deal with these major issues. Our goal is to improve the quality of anybody that deals with any sort of disability
What it does
Wheelable is a webApp service that helps to identify venues that have accessible facilities such as elevators, ramps, escalators and similars. At the same time, Wheelable allows you to review a place when it is not accessible for users with mobility disabilities in order to improve their experience organizing trips.
How we built it
We did a user research in order to know the pain points of the disabled community. We found that currently there is not a web service focused on people in wheelchairs that help them to know when a place (not only subways stops) is accessible or not. The stack used was Node, Express, Handlebars, and MongoDB. We used the PubNub and Esri APIs.
Challenges we ran into
Initially, we wanted to create a platform that offered a trip planner for people with disabilities. After further consideration, the project evolved and we prefer focused exclusively on what is accessible and what's not.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are really proud to build something that is going to make difference and improve people's live.
What we learned
We notice that this webApp would be useful as well for parents with strollers, amplifying our initial audience. Sleep before coming to a Hackathon ;)
What's next for Wheelable
Navigation, MTA database, peer to peer chat.