Target: Anthony Driscoll, Founder of the Wheely mobile app
Goal: Thank entrepreneur for developing a mobile app to help New Yorkers with mobility challenges navigate public transportation
Navigating the New York City subway system is challenging even for able-bodied people with fully functioning legs. So when Anthony Driscoll’s father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and forced to rely upon a wheelchair to get around, he decided to matters into his own hands. Anthony developed a mobile app called Wheely to help wheelchair users identify accessible subway stations and other destinations throughout the city. Although over half a million people suffer from mobility issues in New York City, only 18 percent of subway stations in the city have elevators.
After traveling around New York City with his wheelchair-bound father, Anthony was inspired to create a useful tool for people with mobility challenges and hopes to build awareness and support with other disability focused organizations. Wheely isn’t just for wheelchair users either. It’s proven useful for everyone from injured athletes on crutches to elderly people who use walkers, parents who push their kids in strollers, and employees sent on strenuous errands by their bosses.
With a free download, New Yorkers can find exact elevator GPS locations, access real-time elevator statuses, and receive location aware push notifications. “We are visualizing the MTA’s data and references and providing it all in one easy to use app,” Anthony explained. “The one thing the MTA cannot provide that we do is the elevator directions and street view images of the elevator locations.”
Sign the below petition to thank Anthony Driscoll for developing and promoting the Wheely app to make New York City more accessible. He plans to collaborate with socially minded entrepreneurs in other cities to expand this technology elsewhere as well.
Dear Mr. Driscoll,
Thank you for learning from your personal experiences with your father and developing the Wheely app to help people with mobility challenges get around New York City. Now that your app is available for free download, I encourage you to work with marketing and social media outlets to get the word out about your app and show residents and visitors how easy and convenient it is to use.
I am urging you to also collaborate with entrepreneurs in other cities to make their public transportation system more accessible as well. As you know, mobility challenges aren’t limited to the subway system, so your plan to develop an open source interactive map will also help New Yorkers find shops, restaurants, and activities that are accessible and welcoming.
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