New York is an amazing city, but also an impossible beast if you have physical disabilities. Navigation apps like Google Maps are great tools for everyday users, but they don’t address the needs of the disabled or even someone with a temporary disability. There’s a noticeable absence of accessibility assistance in the app world and sometimes, it takes a caring family member to champion for the needs of loved ones. That’s how Wheel New York got started as a Kickstarter project:
I’m a native New Yorker who lives and works in New York City. My brother Andrew is 22 years old and lives on Long Island with my family. Andrew was born with spina bifida and uses his wheelchair to get around. He’s faced a lot of challenges in his life and I want to help him overcome one of them: I want him and every other disabled person to be able to visit, enjoy, and work in New York City the same way I do.