You Can Now Get Wheelchair Accessibility Information Prominently on Google Maps

You Can Now Get Wheelchair Accessibility Information Prominently on Google Maps

You Can Now Get Wheelchair Accessibility Information Prominently on Google Maps

Once enabled, the information will be displayed more prominently on Google Maps through a wheelchair icon.

"When Accessible Places is switched on, a wheelchair icon will indicate an accessible entrance and you'll be able to see if a place has accessible seating, restrooms or parking", says the blog post.

To celebrate World Accessibility Awareness Day, Google announced new accessibility features for its products, including a new Google Maps feature that all navigation maps should copy.

The update comes after Google redesigned Maps earlier this year to coincide with the app's 15th birthday.

The Accessible Places will roll out to Google Maps users in Australia, Japan, UK, and the U.S. initially, with other markets to follow in the future.

The feature is available starting immediately in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Japan across iOS and Android devices. As Google explains: "Built with the growing number of people with age-related conditions and cognitive differences in mind, Action Blocks can also be used for people with learning differences, or even for adults who want a very simple way to access routine actions on their phones".

In this respect, Action Blocks are akin to Apple's Siri Shortcuts, an iOS feature that lets users quickly perform preprogrammed tasks with a tap or by asking Siri.

Pick an image for the Action Block from your camera or photo gallery, and place it on your home screen for one-touch access. Action Blocks is available to everyone with a smartphone running Android 5 or above.

In 2019, Google launched Live Transcribe, an app that provides real-time, speech-to-text transcriptions of everyday conversations for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Starting today, first responders can use the app to find hotels that have special policies in place to help them by typing in a search term like "hotels for essential workers in NY". This way Live Transcribe can recognize and spell any words that are important to you. Then, tap the "Settings" option and press the "Accessibility" category.

Google said it is expanding the support for Live Transcribe of 70 languages to include Punjabi.

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