Yelp and TripAdvisor: Indicate if restaurants are wheelchair accessible

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According to the National Institutes of Health, 2.2 million people in the United States depend on a wheelchair for mobility and 6.5 million people need a cane, a walker, or crutches to ambulate.

Disabled people when deciding where to dine out would benefit from an online listing of which restaurants are accessible to them.  Yelp and TripAdvisor already provide an excellent rating service for restaurants.  By adding  the International Symbol of Access, that stylized image of a person in a wheelchair against a blue background, to a listing, a restaurant could indicate that they are wheelchair accessible.  Yelp and Trip Advisor should encourage restaurants to add this symbol to all such listings.  Knowing which restaurants can accommodate them would make the task of deciding where to eat much easier for a disabled person.

With this addition to their online listing those eateries that have invested in accessible accommodations could attract more business.  Furthermore, having the symbol available online for their restaurant will encourage owners to make their facilities wheelchair accessible. 

 



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