Google Maps Adds Accessibility Info

Over the years we’ve seen several attempts to collect information about architectural accessibility (mostly wheelchair access) into consumer-friendly resources. These turned out to be too hard to disseminate¬†or too local to attract enough usage — the bitter end for millions of websites.

No one can claim that Google Maps suffers from those problems! And now you can enter and view some basic accessibility information. (We’ll update this when we find out exactly how to add this info; right now it seems to begin by registering as a ‘Local Guide’.)

So we’ll see if the other side of the information resource conundrum can be solved: can a mainstream resource attract enough disability-specific input and usage to succeed in this ‘special’ function?

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