Wheely, an accessible navigation guide for NYC
Organized by: Anthony Driscoll
In New York City alone there are over 500,00 people with ambulatory difficulties.
Wheely is an application designed to help wheelchair users better navigate the New York City Subway system as well as provide a useful guide to accessible places in specific neighborhoods. Wheely features accessible subway maps licensed by the MTA®, specific directions and maps to subway elevators and reviews based on local accessible places. Wheely is founded by myself, Anthony Driscoll, a Parsons New School MFA Design and Technology candidate. I was inspired to create this app through travels with my father who is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I hope to establish more support of his app through various disability focused organizations. More information can be found at www.wheelyapp.com
Finding subway elevators are tough. Especially if you are not familiar with the city. Sometimes the elevators could be around the corner, up the street, or inside another building. At Wheely we have manually plotted each and every elevator's GPS coordinates so we are able to provide users with exact directions to those elevators. Wheely is also fully licensed by the MTA® and have received privileged information and neighborhood maps. We have taken those maps and plotted out each station's elevator locations on both the street level as well as indoors.
Wheely is in the first phase of development and has already hit a road block,
The cost to develop this app has exceeded our budget by over $3,500.
Help us provide a much needed resource to our citizens of New York City.