What makes a public place accessible, and why should we care, anyway?
The answer to the first part of that question is it depends. It depends on the type of accessibility needed, the age of the building, the number of people that occupy the space, and several other factors too detailed to list here. In other words, it's not necessarily against the law for a place to be inaccessible. In fact, I can't find any solid numbers to tell me how many public places or businesses are accessible.
Late last year I introduced you to AXSMap, a website and app that helps rate public places for their accessibility. Here's what my review of Marathon Music Works on AXSMap looks like:
Here's what my review for the same place looks like on Yelp:
I would love it if you would review a few of your favorite venues, eateries, and boutiques on AXSMap. But, if you're a fan of Yelp and post there even occasionally I encourage you to take the time to add some accessibility assessments to your reviews. You'll be helping disabled individuals decide where they'd like to go to attend a show, enjoy a meal, or do their shopping.
As soon as I can figure out a viable dictation program/method I plan to submit more reviews to both sites. Nashville is growing at such a rapid pace I think it's time to show some of the oldest buildings in the coolest parts of town that if they make a little effort to accommodate the disabled we will gladly reward them with mad props and repeat business.
How about doing the same for your city or town? Chances are you know someone who will thank you for not having to stress out over accessibility issues.
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