The idea for the Better Access Map originates in work completed by St Vincent de Paul Society’s Ability Links program. From their work with people with a disability, their families and carers, Linkers identified a gap in the availability of reliable information about the accessibility of the built environment. Initially, Ability Links begun testing whether assessments of venues could be done and whether the gathered information would be useful in supporting people with a disability to be more active in their community.
The initial testing was a success, receiving a great deal of
interest from businesses, peak bodies and people with a disability. It became
clear that all people benefit from having reliable information that allows us
to choose what to do and where to go quickly and easily. In 2017, we began
building the Better Access Map App and website. By launching the Better
Access Map smartphone application, we hope to be at the forefront of a movement
for social inclusion, promoting accessibility in communities throughout