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DRI to Launch Accessibility Awareness Campaign #IAccessible


#IAccessible in a white outline of the state of Iowa over the universal access sign, with Disability Rights Iowa's logo on the bottom left, and Access Earth's logo in the bottom right, all on top of a watercolor background that starts blue, then fades gently from green to yellow.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 14, 2019

Anne Matte, Communications and Voting Outreach Coordinator

Disability Rights Iowa

Address: 400 E. Court Avenue, Suite 300, Des Moines, IA, 50309

Tel: (515)278-2502 x34

Toll Free: 1-(800)-779-2502

Fax: (515)-278-0539

Relay: 711

Email: amatte@driowa.org

Website: www.driowa.org

Twitter: @D_R_Iowa

Facebook: @disabilityrightsiowa

LinkedIn: Disability Rights Iowa

DRI to Launch Accessibility Awareness Campaign #IAccessible

(Des Moines, Iowa) – Disability Rights Iowa is working with Access Earth to launch a state-wide public accessibility campaign #IAccessible. DRI is encouraging Iowans to download the Access Earth app and use it and #IAccessible to let others know about the accessibility or inaccessibility of local venues.

Why Does Access Matter?

All too often, lack of access restricts the lives of people with disabilities. Imagine a single step preventing you from enjoying coffee with friends, or having to head home from a night out because a music venue lacks an accessible bathroom. For people with disabilities, these are common experiences. This campaign will educate Iowans about these barriers, allow people with disabilities to search for accessible venues, and share experiences from across the state.

Though the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed 29 years ago, many public venues are still not accessible to people with disabilities. This excludes roughly 20 percent of the overall American population and about 349,036 Iowans from participating in everyday activities. Additionally, lack of access hinders the economic participation of people with disabilities by putting many consumer goods literally and figuratively beyond their reach.

Working with the Access Earth app, DRI will call attention to accessibility issues and highlight businesses and venues that prioritize access. This way, Iowans with disabilities will possess the tools necessary to more fully participate in regular daily activities, without the frustration and burden of access being placed on their shoulders.

In addition to letting people with disabilities know which venues are accessible to them, this campaign will also highlight for business owners and property owners the presence of people with disabilities in their communities, and the growing demand for accessible spaces.

How to Participate, it’s Simple!

We want community participation! Download the Access Earth app on iTunes or the Google Play store, or go to access.earth and use the web-based version of the app. Create or link an account and rate local venues based on the questions the app provides. Once a venue has been rated, share the accessibility, or lack thereof, on social media using #IAccessible and tagging DRI on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. DRI will share posts using #IAccessible to let Iowans know which venues present significant barriers, and those who have made inclusive, accessible features a priority.

To get started, view the Full Access Earth Tutorial.

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Disability Rights Iowa aims to defend and promote the human and legal rights of Iowans who have disabilities and mental illnesses. DRI promotes safety, opportunity, access, and self-determination for all Iowans.

For more information call (515)-278-2502 x 34 or visit: www.driowa.org

Full Access Earth Tutorial

First page of tutorial; shows an ourtline of the state of Iowa with the universal accessibility symbol under #IAccessible, then title 'Access Earth Tutorial'
Second slide: Signup; You can use a Facebook or Google account, or make your own Access Earth login, but it isn't required.  Providing your email is optionall
third slide: Sign in; After you've signed up, or used a Facebook or Google account, use that same method to log into the app.
Fourth Slide: Initial Screen; Shows approximately where you are. Light blue markers are unrated places, dark blue map markers are rated places.
Fifth Slide: Rate a Place; Click on any map marker, light or dark blue. Choose 'Rate this Place' and answer the questions that pop up with yes, no, or I don't know. Submit your rating.
Sixth Slide: Search for Places; Locations are filtered by four categories: Places to Sleep, Places to Eat, Places to Shop, and Places to Visit. You can customize your won accessibility filters by clicking the funnel button.
Seventh Slide: Review Places You've Rated; You can see all of the places you've rated on the app under your profile tab.
Eighth Slide: Add a Place; Click the + button in the bottom left and tap where on the map you would like to add the place.
Ninth Slide: Let People Know! When you rate a place, post about it on social media! Use #IAccessible, Tag DRI and the place in the post if possible!

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