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Wheel New York is an accessibility app and website that allows the disabled and elderly to safely navigate and enjoy New York City.

Wheel New York: The Ultimate Accessibility App for New York City


Hi, I'm Jennifer!

I’m a native New Yorker who lives and works in New York City. My brother Andrew is 22 years old and lives on Long Island with my family. Andrew was born with spina bifida and uses his wheelchair to get around. He’s faced a lot of challenges in his life and I want to help him overcome one of them: I want him and every other disabled person to be able to visit, enjoy, and work in New York City the same way I do.

Right now they can’t.

There are 20 million people in the U.S. with an ambulatory disability and 3.3 million of those people live right here in the NYC area. Currently there is no centralized place for them to get all the accessibility information they need to safely navigate and enjoy the city. The unfortunate reality is that the fear of the unknown (steps in front of a location, accessible bathrooms and transit options, etc.) prevents them from making the trip and taking advantage of all the city has to offer.

Together we can change that.

Together we can create Wheel New York --- a website and mobile app that will allow the disabled and elderly to safely navigate and enjoy New York City.

My brother, Andrew
My brother, Andrew

With Wheel New York a user can:

  • Travel safely within the city 
  • Plan a quick visit or a family vacation 
  • Create, save, and share customized maps and itineraries 
  • Utilize our location-based map to easily identify handicap-friendly locations and nearby accessible transit options 
  • Join our community and rate locations based on accessibility, post tips and share experiences with other users in real-time 
  • Get updated accessibility information for transportation, entertainment, dining, hotels and more


The website and app will work together to provide a complementary user experience. This will improve the lives of millions of people by providing the tools and information needed to visit, work, and enjoy their time in New York City.

Wheel New York is not just about enjoying a good meal or catching a show. It’s about the freedom, independence and empowerment that it will bring to its users.


WHAT IS WHEEL NEW YORK?

The Website: Advance Planning Tool
www.WheelNewYork.com

The website will provide users with all the accessibility information they’ll need to plan a day trip or week-long vacation from the comfort of their home. Users will have instant access to all the latest accessibility info regarding transportation, entertainment, dining, hotels and more. Users can create their own custom maps to access on the go from the Wheel New York mobile app.

WheelNewYork.com Homepage
WheelNewYork.com Homepage
WheelNewYork.com Maps Functionality
WheelNewYork.com Maps Functionality


The App: Mobile Access On The Go
Wheel New York iOS and Android App

The app will allow users to utilize our location-based map to easily identify handicap-friendly locations and nearby accessible transit options. Users will be able to get real-time user-generated accessibility ratings, tips and suggestions. Additionally, users can access the maps and itineraries that they have created and saved at WheelNewYork.com.

Wheel New York App Home Screen
Wheel New York App Home Screen
Wheel New York App Functionality
Wheel New York App Functionality


JOIN OUR ONLINE COMMUNITY

Users will have the opportunity to rate businesses and locations based on their accessibility. Some places claim to be accessible but the actual experience they provide is not quite what you’d expect. For instance, some restaurants need to bring wheelchairs through their kitchens due to an inaccessible main entrance. Not exactly the romantic experience you had hoped for on that date!

You can also help others by posting feedback and tips in real-time. For instance, if an elevator is broken at the Times Square subway station you can alert fellow users to "avoid the Times Square station and get off at Herald Square instead."

MY INSPIRATION

My brother, Andrew, is 22 years old and recently graduated with a marketing degree from SUNY Old Westbury, NY. He is a multiple-medal winner at the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged and has also appeared on a Disney TV show about disabilities. He loves video games, watching WWE wrestling, and collecting pop culture memorabilia.

Andrew was born with spina bifida, uses a wheelchair, and has had a total of fourteen surgeries in his life.

Our entire family is actively involved and working hard to make Wheel New York a reality.

As Andrew's sister, I want to do what I can to help provide him and others with the best quality of life possible. Both he and they deserve nothing less.


KICKSTARTER FUNDING

It turns out developing an app and website like this costs a lot of money! Unfortunately, we can’t afford to do this alone. We need your help. The vast majority of the funds raised will go towards product development. The balance will be used to help us reach the disabled and elderly communities.

Kickstarter campaigns only get funded if we reach our goal. If we come up even one dollar short then we don't receive any of your generous donations, so every single dollar counts! You won’t get charged for your pledge until we hit our goal.

If we happen to exceed our goal then the extra money will be used to create similar apps for additional major U.S. cities. More money = helping more people!


WHERE WE'RE AT

We’ve completed our design phase and we already have a super talented developer, Brent Chapman, collaborating with us on the project.

Brent will be leading all development efforts for Wheel New York. He has been developing websites and apps for over 9 years. His most notable projects include the website and virtual tour for the Phoenix Children's Hospital, the website for Massport, and applications for both Android and Apple (Don Rickles Mr. Warmth, Popstar! Plus, D-Up: Tyson Chandler Edition). When not working, Brent enjoys spending time with his two amazing kids that constantly inspire him to create new and better apps!

We’re also actively strategizing and developing a marketing and outreach plan for when Wheel New York launches. 


REWARDS

We’re offering great rewards for our Kickstarter supporters but, the truth is nothing could ever adequately thank you for your pledge. Without your support we couldn't possibly complete this project.

Limited Edition Wheel New York T-Shirt
Limited Edition Wheel New York T-Shirt

Here are the WHEEL-Y cool rewards we have for you!

$10 or more – WHEEL GREAT: You will receive our sincere and eternal thanks for helping us make this dream a reality. You will also receive a free download of the app!

$25 or more – WHEEL AWESOME: You will receive a Wheel New York sticker and your name will appear on our website's credit page, plus our sincere and eternal thanks and a free download of the app!

$50 or more – WHEEL FANTASTIC: You will receive a Limited Edition Wheel New York T-Shirt designed by us specifically for YOU, our Kickstarter backers, plus a Wheel New York sticker, your name on our credit page, and a free download of the app!

$100 or more – WHEEL IMPRESSIVE: You will receive the Special Kickstarter Backer Preview of the app. Give it a test drive, send us your feedback and help us make a difference! You will also receive a Limited Edition Wheel New York T-Shirt, a Wheel New York sticker, your name on our credit page, and a free download of the app!

$250 or more – WHEEL SPECIAL: You will receive every city app (Ex: WheelOrlando, WheelLosAngeles, etc.) we ever release FOREVER plus the Special Kickstarter Backer Preview, a Limited Edition Wheel New York T-Shirt, a Wheel New York sticker, your name on our credit page, and a free download of the app!

$500 or more – WHEEL AMAZING: You will receive a personalized thank you video from the Wheel New York team plus every city app we ever release FOREVER, the Special Kickstarter Backer Preview, a Limited Edition Wheel New York T-Shirt, a Wheel New York sticker, your name on our credit page, and a free download of the app!

$1,000 or more – WHEEL PHENOMENAL: You will receive Grand Central Gold Level recognition on the website plus a personalized thank you video, every city app we ever release FOREVER, the Special Kickstarter Backer Preview, a Limited Edition Wheel New York T-Shirt, a Wheel New York sticker, and a free download of the app!

$2,500 or more – WHEEL WONDERFUL: You will receive Park Avenue Platinum Level recognition on the website plus a personalized thank you video from the Wheel New York team, every city app we ever release FOREVER, the Special Kickstarter Backer Preview, a Limited Edition Wheel New York T-Shirt, a Wheel New York sticker, and a free download of the app!

$5,000 or more – WHEEL THANKFUL: You will receive Tiffany Diamond Level recognition on the website and dinner with the Wheel New York team in NYC plus a personalized thank you video from the Wheel New York team, every city app we ever release FOREVER, the Special Kickstarter Backer Preview, a Limited Edition Wheel New York T-Shirt, a Wheel New York sticker, a free download of the app!

$10,000 or more – WHEEL GRATEFUL: You will receive Founder Level recognition on the website and dinner with the Wheel New York team in NYC plus a personalized thank you video from the Wheel New York team, every city app we ever release FOREVER, the Special Kickstarter Backer Preview, a Limited Edition Wheel New York T-Shirt, a Wheel New York sticker, and a free download of the app!

 

HELP SPREAD THE WORD

Together we can create Wheel New York and improve the lives of the disabled and elderly that live in New York and want to visit New York.

Please pledge what you can and if this project touches you, then please help us spread the word to your friends and family. Encourage them to watch our video and pledge to the campaign.

Please 'SHARE' our campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, snail mail, or carrier pigeon and remember to tag us! 

Facebook: Facebook.com/WheelNewYork
Twitter: @WheelNewYork

We appreciate whatever you can do to help us reach more people!

If you know of any organizations, blogs, sites, etc. who might be able to further our message please drop us a line at WheelNewYork@gmail.com. 

FINALLY...

This project is a personal mission and a labor of love to help my brother Andrew and millions of others around the world. I truly believe that this is important work that will empower and inspire the disabled and elderly communities by providing them with all the information they need to enjoy the city that I call my home.

Thank you for your support!



Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are minimal risks associated with this project. Our most daunting challenge will be driving awareness and making sure that those who would benefit most from the app know that it is available. To accomplish this we have assembled an extensive list of organizations (MDA, AARP, etc.), news agencies and bloggers that we will be contacting upon launch of Wheel New York.

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