Accessible urban spaces allow disabled individuals to leverage public services, enjoy equal opportunities, and maintain independence. Navigating inaccessible areas can be challenging and frustrating, potentially leading to a loss of autonomy and a sense of disempowerment. Enhancing technology platforms with adequate accessibility data supports disabled people's participation in economic activities, empowering them further.
Mapping technology and location-based products can be enriched with data to help individuals with disabilities (visual impairments, hearing loss, intellectual and physical disabilities, injuries and more), navigate and utilize urban environments. To create more inclusive apps and platforms, businesses require current and comprehensive accessibility data from the physical world. Many location-based businesses are already innovating in this space and striving to keep accessibility at the forefront. Geospatial data, such as up-to-date POI data, can supplement and accelerate these efforts.