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Accessibility Definitions

Here is a full list of all the different terms we use
to describe aspects of accessibility on AccessNow app

Accessible

A green pin on our map represents an accessible location. These are places without barriers. Experiences may vary from person to person but we generally say that accessible places are those that you can get in with ease, and party no problem

Partially Accessible

A yellow pin on our map represents a location that is partially accessible. Yellow locations often have alternative entrances or limited access within the space, such as steps inside or narrow hallways. Not everything about these places is barrier-free

Not Accessible

A red pin on our map represents a location that is not accessible. Find a red pin on our map? Why not tweet @AccessNowApp about it and let’s make change happen. The more we raise awareness about inaccessible places, the closer we are to breaking barriers

Tags

Full List of Accessibility Tags

Accessible Parking

Refers to parking spaces that are marked accessible because they are wider for vehicle ramps and lifts. These spots usually offer ease of access to the main location

Accessible Washroom

An accessible washroom often includes the following features: a designated accessible stall or a family style singular room. Accessible washrooms have step-free access, are typically more spacious, have grab bars and barrier free access to sinks

Alternative Entrance

An alternate accessible entrance is available usually at the side or back of a building. Alternative entrances might include features like a ramp or entryway at street-level

ASL (Sign Language)

ASL is the short form for “American Sign Language.” A location tagged with ASL is a place that has an ASL interpreter available on staff or available by request

Automatic Door

There is an automatic door present (usually at the entrance of the location). An automatic door may be activated by a button, gesture, or simply by moving close enough to the door

Braille

There is braille present. This could be on menus, washroom signs, price tags, location signage, etc.

Elevator

There is an elevator available to provide access to other levels of the location. Elevators can also come in the form of stairlifts if noted in the description

Large Print

This could be on menus, washroom signs, price tags, location signage, etc.

Outdoor Access Only

Access to services are available, but only outdoors. Could include restaurant patios, park space, concert venues, etc.

Quiet

There is a quiet area available, or the entire location is quiet (like a museum)

Ramp

A ramp is one of the most common accessibility features.  A ramp creates a gradual change in grade, sometimes over steps, to create a barrier-free experience

Scent-Free

The location is clearly marked as a scent-free environment or it is written into a company policy, meaning heavy perfumes and other strong scents are not permitted

Service Animal Friendly

The location supports people to be accompanied by their service animals

Spacious

Spacious locations have enough room to maneuver within the location, such as wide hallways or places with large turning radiuses 

StopGap Ramp

There is a temporary ramp present to make access to the location entryway possible. StopGap Ramps are brightly painted awareness raising ramps provided by the StopGap Foundation

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