As someone who uses a wheelchair, Maayan Ziv was often unsure if city spaces would be accessible until she showed up at the entrance. Unable to find this valuable information anywhere, Maayan took matters into her own hands and developed an application called AccessNow. Maayan brought her idea to life in Ryerson’s intensive 12-month Master of Digital Media program. Her groundbreaking web-based app uses crowdsourced information to pinpoint the accessibility status of hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and tourist destinations around the world on an interactive map. At Ryerson, she gained the skills, opportunities and industry connections needed to incubate and accelerate her project in the digital world. Since its launch, the app has garnered a community of followers and ignited discussion about accessibility and inclusivity for all.

“So the idea was: Why don’t we just build a map that would allow anyone who has experience with accessibility to add their own information so we can start to collect places – not only in Toronto, but all over the world.”
Maayan Ziv
Founder of AccessNow
Creating AccessNow

Ryerson University student Maayan Ziv developed an application called AccessNow to show people which city spaces are accessible.

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