World First for Higher Education
DisabledGo are working in partnership with the University of Manchester to launch a brand new app to revolutionise access information for its staff, students and visitors.
The AccessAble Uni of Manchester App is the first bespoke access app for universities, delivering user friendly accessibility guides, available 24/7 at your fingertips.
AccessAble Uni of Manchester App, powered by DisabledGo is a free mobile application to enable disabled students to find detailed access information at the university campus.
These access guides include all the facilities on campus, including halls of residence, cafes, lecture halls, toilets and bars from a pan disability perspective. Every venue is visited and assessed in person by a highly trained DisabledGo surveyor.
The AccessAble Uni of Manchester app offers some of the best features for mobile access, which include:
AccessAroundMe – Instant detailed access information to places to visit across the University campus at the touch of a button. Each detailed access guide has information about, directions, ramps, lifts, accessible toilets and much more!
Find A Loo – Highlights the closest accessible toilet on campus to the user’s current location, and gives precise details of the facility.
MyWayToGo – The world’s first integration between mobile access information and maps, users can now locate and get directions directly to their chosen accessible place on campus.
FindMeNow – AccessAble has a built in emergency locator that sends the GPS location of the user, directly to their selected emergency contact via email or SMS.
AccessMyWay – Enables the user to filter results to match their specific access requirements, such as accessible toilets, car parking, changing places and hearing assistance.
Mobile screen reader compatible – AccessAble is compatible with Apple’s VoiceOver software and Android’s Talkback, making all the access information accessible.
This app will help to alleviate anxiety that disabled students may face and give them the confidence to enjoy their university life.
Patrick Johnson, Head of Diversity and Equality said:
“We are very pleased to launch this new app and believe it is a fantastic resource that will make our campus more accessible for all members of our community. In addition to the access guides and an emergency locator you can personalise your settings to meet your needs. I believe this will be a useful tool and I know I will be using the MyWayToGo function.”
Barry Stevenson, Chairman of DisabledGo commented “We are delighted that the University of Manchester is the first University in the UK to have the AccessAble app to improve the student experience in higher education. The unique features embedded in the app, such as ‘MyWayToGo’ makes this an essential app for disabled students.”
The app is available to download in the app store:
DisabledGo was founded in 2000 by wheelchair user Gregory Burke and is a not for profit disability organisation.
DisabledGo provides online access information to towns and cities across the UK and Ireland free of charge at www.disabledgo.com.
The website features over 120,000 places including shops, tourist attractions, universities, hotels, health centres, colleges, restaurants, leisure centres and more!
The aim of DisabledGo is to let you know what you will find at a particular venue or attraction so you can plan in advance with confidence or find places that suit you on the move.
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