App for res­i­dents with ac­cess needs

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - NEWS -

GET­TING around town can be a mis­sion for Danny Daichi but the Boon­dall res­i­dent is work­ing to make it eas­ier for those like him with a dis­abil­ity.

Mr Daichi shared his ex­pe­ri­ence of life in a wheel­chair with a fo­cus group for a ground-break­ing smart­phone app to help peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties nav­i­gate their way around Bris­bane.

Bris­bane-based dis­abil­ity sup­port ser­vice Car­ers Link part­nered with Dis­abil­ity Sup­port Queens­land to launch the Ac­cess 4000 app.

The tech­nol­ogy is the na­tion’s only smart­phone app to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on some Bris­bane venues and in­fra­struc­ture with dis­abil­ity ac­cess fea­tures such as wheel­chair and pram ramps, dis­abled toi­lets and dis­abled park­ing.

Mr Daichi said the app would make life much eas­ier for peo­ple with ac­cess needs.

“I think the app is an im­por­tant step for­ward,” he said.

“It’s great to know ahead of time what ac­cess fea­tures a busi­ness has, such as wheel­chair ramps.

“It gives you the con­fi­dence and the mo­ti­va­tion to go out.”

He said be­fore the app was avail­able he would have to call a venue for in­for­ma­tion about ac­cess.

“It’s not an easy ques­tion to ask, espe­cially if the venue doesn’t have the ac­ces­si­bil­ity fea­tures you need.”

Ac­cess 4000 is avail­able for free on the App Store and Google Play.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Boon­dall res­i­dent Danny Daichi and Carer’s Link Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer Ni­cola Gunn check out the Ac­cess 4000 app.

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