Tag Archives: Access

Access Now – Worldwide Accessibility Map

Access Now – Worldwide Accessibility Map.

Some times you come across an idea that’s so clever, you wonder why no one thought of it before. Access Now is just such an idea. Maayan Ziv, a young woman who has Muscular Dystrophy, created this app to help people with disabilities pin-point accessibility in public buildings around the world. Such a simple idea that can help a lot of people.

Crowdsourcing Accessibility Information.

Anyone can download Access Now for free and help contribute to the map. Using MapMe technology, you can pin any location around the world as either accessible, partially accessible, patio access only, or not accessible. Also, if a building is not accessible, the App helps you tweet this information to start the process to make a change to the accessibility of that location. Check out the currently pinned locations on the Access Now Map.

If You Can’t Enter…

People sometimes forget that getting into a building or business or even a home can be a real challenge for a person with a disability.  Wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, even people who use canes can have difficulties with accessibility, and sometimes building management or owners, are completely oblivious to the issues. This new App allows anyone a chance to do something about the issue, for free.

34 Countries And Growing

As of this posting, Access Now has pin-pointed over 22,000 locations in 34 Countries – and they’re just getting started. Being able to know ahead of time how easy or hard it will be for someone to gain access to a public building is extremely important. Access Now is the app that can help make the kind of change in accessibility that’s been needed for a long time. If you or someone you know needs this information, we encourage you to check it out and share it with everyone you know on social media.

Access Now Link 

Deciding Who Sees Students’ Data – New York Times Article

Deciding Who Sees Students’ Data. New York Times Article.

Privacy issues are becoming more and more prevalent in almost all aspects of our lives. Now we’re starting to see concerns over the way schools are keeping and storing the private data of their students. For a parent of any student this raises issues but especially for parents of special needs children who’s private records can include medical records such as their diagnosis, therapy information and prescription medications and much more personal information.

This article from the New York Times is a must read for parents and educators. While there can be benefits to utilizing cloud-based data storage, there can also be many concerns over security and potential theft of records.  Deciding who sees students’ data is an issue that should include parents, teachers, school administration, and the school board, not just a few people. While no system may be truly perfect, this is issue far too important to be simply made without real investigation and research.

Deciding Who Sees Students’ Data – New York Times Article