I would like to introduce you to a project recently launched in the city of Lexington called Points of Accessibility. The Points of Accessibility Project isn't just about widening doorways. Nor is it only about offering the same privileges to people with disabilities that many of us enjoy. As a community, its time to think about who we're making space for, not solely in our buildings but also by encouraging a spirit of acceptance.
The Points of Accessibility Project is about cultivating a city that embraces accessibility without limits. We designed a brochure educating about ada standards and accessibility. The first phase of the project, which launched November 7th, began as we asked our community members to bring brochures to business owners to educate and survey their business' accessibility. Business owners can also help us by putting brochures out for their customers to share.
In the second phase, as pre-adressed surveys are returned to Latitude, we will create a map and an app of the accessible businesses in the greater downtown area. We will also be designing window stickers to denote which aspects of accessibility a business embraces. Does a business allow non-customers to use their handicap accessible plugs? Or can an elderly person use the bathroom here without buying food? We'll be working to identify businesses who embrace inclusion.
The third phase will be distributing the map and stickers. We will create an app that can be added to, think yelp for accessibility.
We're looking for support from any individual, business, or office willing to distribute surveys. We also need more financial backers and an app developer to offer a bit of advising. Of course, assistance from community members with disabilities and their allies are paramount to our success. Please let us know if you're inspired by Points of Accessibility and have ideas to share.