05-17-2018 09:39 AM - last edited on 08-22-2018 10:46 PM by Atsukot
One of the most helpful things we can do as Local Guides is add photos on Google Maps showing accessible places. These photos aid people with mobility issues in navigating places they want to go. As part of #LetsGuide, a celebration of everything that inspires us to share info as Local Guides, here are my tips for taking helpful photos that guide people with accessibility needs.
To start, keep in mind that some of the places you’d never think to photograph might be the most helpful for someone else. Consider hardware stores, grocery stores, and everything in between. Once you’ve settled on a spot, here’s what to keep in mind for great photos:
Tip 1: Look for accessibility signage
The easiest thing you can do when taking photos for accessibility is to look for signs. If you see signage noting a spot is accessible, photographing it is the first step in making sure someone knows that they might be able to go to that place.
Tip 2: If there’s no direct signage, look for other accessibility clues
Sometimes there isn’t clear signage about accessibility, but you can look for other clues about a place that might be helpful for others. Here are some things to look for and photograph: railings in restrooms, spacing between tables, and wheelchair-accessible ramps at entrances and exits. Use your photo’s caption to provide more details.
Tip 3: Make sure your photos clearly show the whole story
Shoot wider shots as well as tighter shots to give a full picture of how accessible a place is. Photos of signs up close are certainly helpful, but a wide shot showing as much of the location as you can will give somebody with accessibility needs a true feel for the spot, ensuring that they feel comfortable going to the place you’re recommending.
Are you somebody who uses accessibility info on Google Maps to make decisions about where to go? Tell everyone in the comments: What can other Local Guides do to help you know if a place is accessible?