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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

How Google Maps is Helping People With Disabilities

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Good news for people who use a wheelchair or other mobility aids — Google Maps now has a feature that shows wheelchair accessibility information at many business locations in the United States.

The wheelchair access information is available on Google Maps under the "Amenities" section for a business. According to an article in Mashable, "Google Maps sources the new accessibility information about locations from its Local Guides community, members of which answer questions about the places they visit." Questions about accessibility were added and answered by the millions which gave Google the confidence to start displaying the results with the listings.

Not all places are covered but the more information that is sourced from the Local Guides community the more places that can be added.

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