Spinal Life Australia has teamed up with mapping software developers Briometrix to give Australians with disabilities an opportunity to be a catalyst for change in their communities.
Some of our members have volunteered to take part in a trial that sees them using a smartphone app to record the accessibility of their region.
Information such as gradient, speed and effort required for each route is recorded to the Navability app and used to create an easy-to-understand map with accessibility ratings of common routes around the area.
These maps are also provided to local councils to share with visitors to the region and identify areas of improvement for future town planning projects.
Briometrix Director Natalie Verdon said the collaborative effort will be showcased at the upcoming Local Government Association of Queensland conference in Brisbane on 29 – 31 October.
“The Navability app offers a chance for councils to update their accessibility maps of the region and bring them in line with modern technology,” she said.
“In creating this app, we really wanted to work with people who use wheelchairs, not just for them.
“This is why it’s been great to use Spinal Life Australia’s connections to people with disability living in regional communities.
“We’re also very keen to work more with Queensland councils in making the State more welcoming for residents, visitors and tourists with a disability.”
So far, our members have assisted to gather data in Mackay, Rockhampton and Cairns and interstate in Perth.
Spinal Life Australia Executive Manger – Member Services Ross Duncan said the project has helped the organisation empower its members to advocate for a positive change in their communities.
“We’ve received some great feedback and interest from regional councils in Queensland who are keen to use the data gathered by our members to improve future infrastructure planning and create a more accessible community,” Ross said.
For more information on Navability, visit briometrix.com.