PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Folks are invited to attend an event at the Field House this Sunday, April 30th, at 2pm to help map accessibility of Philadelphia businesses.
Philadelphia-based Occupational Therapist Alanna Raffel says those who attend will be sent out to different neighborhoods with measuring tape and other items, and asked to answer questions on a new accessibility app about how convenient it is for people with disabilities to utilize various businesses.READ MORE: Ocean County Man Kevin Noonan Picking Up Furniture Hits, Kills Man, Then Flees, Authorities Say
“The app is called ‘Access Earth.’ When you go into the app, it pulls up a map based on your current location, and then you can see all the places that have and have not been rated right in that area,” Raffel explained.
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“The information is supposed to be factual information. It’s not an opinion, it’s not like a judgement. It’s just a fact about what features a business has so that people can independently on their own choose whether that’s a place they do or do not want to go to,” Raffel said.
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“In Philadelphia, one of the main issues is steps to enter,” said Raffel.