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Meet up to help others get around

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Caption: Animated image of adults and children navigating a street with luggage, crutches, a wheelchair, a cane, and a stroller.Caption: Animated image of adults and children navigating a street with luggage, crutches, a wheelchair, a cane, and a stroller.

Earlier this week, we asked you to join us in adding wheelchair-accessibility information on Google Maps. Today, I’d like to suggest hosting an accessibility meet-up with fellow Local Guides. It’s a powerful—and fun!—way to make the world easier for everyone to navigate.

 

Organizing an accessibility meet-up is easy. It’s just like any other meet-up, but your focus will be sharing accessibility information. There are several ways to do this, so here are some useful tips:


Answer questions. Everyone at the meet-up can go to “Your contributions” in Google Maps, then tap “Answer questions about a place” to see questions about accessibility at places they’ve visited. It’s easy to answer these questions, and this guide can help. Consider printing it out for your attendees.

 

 

Caption: Animated image of wheelchair accessibility questions you may see in Google Maps.Caption: Animated image of wheelchair accessibility questions you may see in Google Maps.

If you have an Android device, go on a mission. Your group can explore a neighborhood while adding wheelchair accessibility information to the places that need it most. Find places near you that are missing this info to share details.

Animated image of how missions appear on Google Maps for Android.Animated image of how missions appear on Google Maps for Android.

 

 

 

Share photos. A picture really does speak volumes, especially if you’re trying to tell if a place is accessible. Try to get photos of features like entrances and stairs. People with wheelchairs or walkers will appreciate being able to see these things before they visit.

 

Add info to all kinds of places. People often share details about restaurants, but accessibility is important everywhere. Consider meeting at a museum, park, or beach to scope out features that are important for people with mobility issues.

 

Remember, this information benefits all kinds of people, not just those who use wheelchairs. Families with strollers, people with injuries, and anyone carrying luggage appreciates things like wide entrances, restrooms without stairs, and elevators.

 

Level 3+ Local Guides, ready to host a meet-up?

Submit your details to get started. Then, be sure to share your event on social using #LocalGuides and #a11y (the global hashtag for accessibility).

 

99 Comments
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Level 7

We are in @TraciC , will arrange World Wide Meetup ;)

@HelloSamsonR this is what we talk about bro , let's do it 😁

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@OSAMA I'm excited! I've been glued to my phone to answer questions and going on missions every chance I've had (mostly to/from work). :-D Woohoo!!!

Level 9

@TraciC This might surprise you have a look what I made before this announcement  :) 

https://maps.google.com/localguides/meetup/lagos-map-accessibility-walk

Level 7

@TraciC

We are very happy and excited for the idea , we discussed this on the private Hangout Group :)

It will be motivation for all of us joining this Mega event , 

We are local guides we are the World

Bring it On @TraciC ;-)

 

P.S: I remember your Meetup in New York with @Corrie before 4 months that Feature on the homepage , with a man on wheelchair , Today the Local guide Channel publish the Video and we share it on social media :-)

https://youtu.be/aU6YoOvBBxs

Level 9

Yes @OSAMA This is it, we will do it and make map's better for everyone and not limited to anyone :-)

Google Moderator

Hi @HelloSamsonR. That's the spirit! Please note that the team loves this idea but we are only able to approve individual meet-ups and not global meet-ups. We'll be posting a list of all accessibility-themed meet-ups next week, though and would love to include one for Nigeria. :) 

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@OSAMA You're right, that's the meet-up we all went to and Sasha is on the Local Guides team now, too! :-D

Level 9

Thank you for your information @TraciC :). I hope to see 

https://maps.google.com/localguides/meetup/lagos-map-accessibility-walk been included too as well among the accessibility themed meetups too :). We have submitted it and waiting for approval from the team :)

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Level 9

Wow, so fast, thanks a bunch @TraciC  :). 

We are in @TraciC  !! lets make the map better :)

Level 7

Yeah @TraciC way to go! I'm bringing my community onboard for this in a jiffy :)

Level 10

Thank you @TraciC

Level 4

Hey I'm prakhar from india uttar pradesh lakhimpur kheri city belong I'm local guide leval 4  now what I'm doing tell me. 

you are saying best for the old person

 

Level 6

@TraciC It's best thing to do meeting and sharing. I will surely look forward to organize event and support ...


Nasik, Maharashtra, India

Level 8

Thank you @TraciC to giving us a chance to help millions of peoples who actually need help from all of us.

Malaysia will take part in this initiative.

I would like to host a meet up to uncover amenities like  accessibility information.

Thanks  

Level 10

 @TraciC Thanks for valuable sharing.

 

Mohammed Omar/ Bangladesh

Level 7

Hello @TraciC, great idea. Will go for some meetups in Nepal too. Nice idea @OSAMA, let's go for it. What do you say @Sarojdhakal Dai ??

Level 8

our contribution is a one type of help to that type of people !

let's do it :)

Level 10

Hi dear @TraciC, Thanks for sharing this. I also translated and prepared the instructions in Persian (here is the link) and appreciate if be included in your list.

Thanks

Level 5

Great idea.

Level 8

@TraciC This is indeed a great idea to work on to make this world an amazing place to everyone. @NirajBhusal  let's work on this! We are also running "Monument Month". More activities = more fun. @OSAMA Please keep us updated about the event in your city on this and how it goes.

 

In Nepal a lot to do with accessibility and pedestrian navigation. We can begin this initiative from this month and go on until we complete. What do you think @RupendraN@Surendra@SovitaD?

Level 8

@TraciC This is a great initiative. I will organize a meetup in Kalutara to check the accessibility in the Government Institutes and public places. I am also hosting another two meetups this month to update the monument photos(in parallel with Monument Month initiative ) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I will ask the participants to update the accessibility information. 

@Sarojdhakal dai sure, lets do this initiative. @BishowvijayaP@Surendra bros.

Level 8

Got it

Thank

Level 8

В России действует Федеральный закон от 24.11.1995 N 181-ФЗ (в редакции от 29.12.2015) "О социальной защите инвалидов в Российской Федерации",власти всех уровней должны его исполнять без всяких исключений. За нарушение этого закона виновных штрафуют. Кроме этого в России есть неправительственные организации инвалидов-колясочников одна из них это "Всероссийское общество инвалидов", в котором состоит большинство членов инвалиды-колясочники. Почти во всех городах России есть региональные отделения это организации.

Кроме этого на международном уровне действует Конвенция ООН "О правах инвалидов", принята резолюцией 61/106 Генеральной Ассамблеи от 13 декабря 2006 года. Россия ратифицировала эту конвенцию.

Level 4

I would like to help 

Level 8

Привет! По моему мнению в карточке метки на карте не хватает информации по теме доступности магазина, кафе, ресторана и других мест для инвалидов. Эту информацию должен предоставлять собственник (бизнесмен) этой торговой, сервисной точки, а дело местных экспертов проверить соответствует ли написанное действительности. Кроме этого тема доступности социальной среды для инвалидов не должна быть кратковременной.

Напомню - у нас в России это подкреплено федеральным и региальными законами, которые действуют на всех уровнях 24 часа в сутки и в любое время года без всяких исключений.

Я сам пожизненный (федеральный пенсионер) инвалид 2 категории (не колясочник), у меня обморожены задние ноги, больное сердце. Я знаю на своей шкуре, как трудно подниматься или спускаться по ступеням, если нет пандуса или лифта.

Level 5

Quiero yotube

Level 2

MUCHAS FELICIDADES GRACIAS POR PENSAR EN LA ASECIBILIDAD LAS PERSONAS CON DISCAPACIDAD MERECEN SU APOYO PARA QUE EL MUNDO SEA MAS ASECIBLE BENDICIONES AQUI EN REPUBLICA DOMINICANA Y APOYANDO A #LOCALGUIDES TODO SERA MEJOR

Level 7

@TraciC, thanks for sharing

Level 5

Great effort @TraciC. We will together to make this a success. Helping others in simplest way possible that's what we got. Let's do this.

Level 8

@TraciC

Can we try this idea?

If we found a or any place with big or enough parking area. We meet the owner of the place ask a permission to make a wheelchairs parking and an easy access sign.

If got a deal, we printed the mark on the place as the owner gave to us.

If didn't get a deal we try in other place. Hope we can open their mind in the future.

Just a little text.

Thanks

Level 5

Hi! I am degoutam from India, get level 5. To achieve a proper local guide, suggest me what I have to do? Thanks to you all.

Google Moderator

So glad everyone is excited about hosting meet-ups! :-D

 

Hi @George1. Thank you for sharing this information about Russia and I am happy to hear it is so well regulated.

@AgoesSantosa That is a lovely idea and well above what is expected of Local Guides. We only ask that Local Guides add wheelchair accessibility information to Google Maps but I'm sure a nice conversation may result in even more changes if possible.

Level 8

@TraciC

Yes, a little conversation can made a big deal and helpful.

Can starting by us.

It is very possible.

Level 7

this is inspiring @TraciC :)

Level 8

Hi @TraciC  Thanks for sharing.Great initiative. I will organize a meetup in any place.

This is a great idea @TraciC. We are always providing accessibility informations on an individual basis and are aslo willing to give it a specific preferance by hosting a meet up. We will be checking such informations this September in our activities under 'International month of Monumetnts'.

We believe on the notion: 'Together we can. If we don't then who else?' Such kind of initiations by localguideconnect makes us feel very proud of being a local guide. Thank you so much.

 

I am in @RupendraNeupane bro. :)

Level 4

I would be willing to bet that a local guide in Savannah, GA, already has a meet-up set. Is there anyway to find out so I don't duplicate their efforts and we can work together? 

Level 7

 I will set up a small meeting in my local area to hand out leaflets on accessibility. 

Level 8

Yes We will try

Very few buildings, offices and restaurants which are wheelchair accessible in India

Great idea!  So happy to help!

Level 9

Great guide @TraciC.  Do you have any other guides that help with questions and answers?  Such as "is this place chic?"  and so forth.  Thanks.

@TraciC I've never hosted a Meetup before, I've just added photos & answered questions. My son has MD, & this weekend there's MDA muscle walk happening in my area. People can donate or just walk, it's happening at the Texas rangers ballpark. We have a team for my son. My question is, would this count as a photo walk or a geo walk? There will be alot of wheelchairs, including my son's wheelchair. As this being my 1st, I wanted to make sure this was okay, before posting.

Level 5

Interessante! Da parte mia cerco sempre di rispondere alle domande inerenti all'accessibilità dei luoghi / locali che ho visitato. Vivo a Milano e nonostante sia una grande metropoli, i mezzi pubblici sono per me inaccessibili! Non per il mezzo in se stesso, le pedane funzionano essendo manuali e gli autisti scendono per tirarle giu aiutando se è il caso, ma sono i marciapiede e le strade per arrivare ai mezzi pubblici , ad essere inaccessibili! C è ancora molto da fare. 

 

Level 4

Sure! Will definitely join.  Can i have further guidance about the meet up? @TraciC

Level 5

I love the idea but there doesn't seem to be any other local guides in my city. How do I check? Thanks in advance