WheelieMap: An exploratory system for qualitative reports of inaccessibility in the built environment

Reuben Kirkham, Romeo Ebassa, Kyle Montague, Kellie Morrissey, Vasilis Vlachokyriakos, Sebastian Weise, Patrick Olivier

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Abstract

The built environment remains a persistent accessibility challenge for people with mobility impairments. Whilst platforms to report these inaccessible locations exist, the underlying documentation processes are verbose, time-consuming and fail to effectively communicate the barrier at hand. We propose WheelieMap, a platform which uses the motion of manual wheelchair users to support the identification and documentation of potentially problematic locations. WheelieMap captures and segments device video footage and GPS as evidence of the problematic space, which can then be shared with both other people with disabilities and the relevant authorities. We document the use of the WheelieMap prototype by both manual wheelchair users and planning experts through semi-structured interviews. The qualitative findings revealed this approach to be the most viable route for documenting inaccessibility, compared to the existing alternatives. We also offer guidance on how to design and develop similar community driven reporting and annotation systems in the accessibility setting.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2017
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450350754
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2017 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 4 Sep 20177 Sep 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2017

Conference

Conference19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2017
CountryAustria
CityVienna
Period4/09/177/09/17

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