Warrington Disability Partnership

Google and access information, evolution and influence

Where Google Maps go others follow

Google Maps matters. Yes it does. So when the most powerful, most innovative most known search engine on earth decides to do something about adding accurate access information to its Maps App this really means a lot more than helping you not get lost and find a building you can get into.

If Google really can be bothered to go to this much trouble for access information then others will surely follow. Information really is power. Those with any kind of mobility impairment need more organizations to add access details to their websites. We need more hotels to include booking options for accessible bedrooms. More restaurants need to get their access data out there, as do all public buildings, public sector transport, and, well, just about anyone who wants to attract visitors to their venues.

We need more amazing initiatives like the one taking place here in Warrington between Disabled Go, WBC and of course, WDP.

But make no mistake about it, if Google thinks it's both important and relevant then this will influence others to build access information into whatever way they get information out there and that cannot be a bad thing.

Here's what Google Maps are doing:

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About the author

Mark Wilson was a trustee on the WDP Board for five years, and a social media management lead until 1st May 2017. Mark's personal blogging website, The Blue Badge Blog, covers a wide range of disability issues, particularly accessible travel.

27th September 2017