Petition update

GOOGLE RESPONSE

Belinda Bradley
London, United Kingdom

Sep 9, 2017 — Hello!

Exciting news. We've been noticed.

You all got #createwheelchairfriendlyroutes trending! And because of this, we have received Google's attention!

They're extremely excited to collaborate and be involved. From this, I've been invited to discuss the possibility of these routes at their local guides event. I'd like to add that doesn't mean we reached the end result, this is a just meeting so no concrete plans have been made yet. However, at least we're in communication and I will continue to represent all of you and keep going until this step toward equality is made.

Many of you have noticed that Google sent round emails asking for volunteers to assist their local guides accessibility features. Firstly, this is a brilliant thing they're doing to improve the lives of their disabled users and I strongly recommend you all to take part. We are all working towards the same outcome so lets support each other in that.

BUT, this isn't what we want to achieve alone and we won't just settle for a few surveys. That may give them a good insight to how to improve small features of the app, but our mission is exactly as the title says. We want disabled users to have the exact same service, mapping of routes and availability as any of user.

So the petition is advancing but until, keep sharing!

Also, the Metro wrote about us if you haven't seen already: http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/31/google-wont-answer-woman-who-wants-wheelchair-friendly-maps-6890074/

And on behalf of the petition, we've completed an interview with Linda Poon (City lab and The Atlantic).

Thank you to @transportforall and @uopequality especially for the attention you've brought through media.

@cottagestudies created a brand new logo for us! Shown in the top of this update, it perfectly illustrates and represents our campaign! Please share and support this brilliant graphic design!

Thank you all and keep up the good work.

#StayLoud

-Belle


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