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Wheely is an application designed to help wheelchair users better navigate the New York City subway system and find accessible places!
Wheely is an application designed to help wheelchair users better navigate the New York City subway system and find accessible places!
303 backers pledged $7,778 to help bring this project to life.

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Wheely is an application designed to help wheelchair users better navigate the New York City subway system and find accessible places!

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What inspired me to create an app around accessibility?

My father and I in Bermuda this past month.
My father and I in Bermuda this past month.
My father was diagnosed with MS in 2001 and over the past couple years he has been dependent on a power chair to get around.  We have traveled all over the country together and have experienced all levels of accessibility. Upon moving to NYC to attend grad school at Parsons School of Design my family would visit frequently.  It took a lot of preparation and research to accommodate my father's needs. We would have to call ahead to restaurants and figure out the best way for him to get from place to place.  Though all of NYC's buses are accessible, they are slow and can be a hassle to board and exit the bus. We decided to use the subway system since that is what I was most familiar with.  It took us a few times traveling the subway to realize the right way to board the train and which lines were accessible.  The MTA subway is hard to decifer when looking for accessible stations and sometimes the elevators are out of service which left us stranded. I saw a gap in the market for a visualized accessible subway map and elevator statuses and decided to create Wheely.

Articles about my story and Wheely:

 Next Gen Startups Interview with Anthony and Dustin:




 

Only 18% of Subway stations have accessible elevators!

 Over half a million people in New York City have some kind of Ambulatory Difficulty!

Our Goal: to raise $5,500 to complete the development of Wheely's iOS platform.

 

Wheely enables wheelchair users to better navigate the New York subway system featuring:

•A custom accessible subway map

•Fully integrated Google Directions the exact elevator GPS locations

•Real time elevator statuses

•Customized neighborhood maps with elevator locations

•Location aware push notifications

 Wheely isn't just for wheelchair users.

Stretch Goals:

Stretch Goal: Native Android and Window Phone Development ($10,500)

If we reach $10,500 we will use the funds to development a JavaScript version for Android and Windows phones to accommodate all users.

Stretch Goal: Map with Accessible Places ($25,000)

If we reach $25,000 it will allow us to develop a map with accessible places and events like, restaurants, and restrooms around the 88 accessible stations.  We will personally go to each place and verify its accessibility. At Wheely we don't just focus on accessibility we also focus on the establishments food quality, atmosphere, as well as the wait staff! :)

Check out our awesome backer rewards!

 

Risks and challenges

Some of the potential setbacks could be :
1. Unexpected expenses due to development costs.
2. Technological bugs that lead to extended deadlines.

The good news is that Wheely is already licensed to use and modify and New York City Metro Transit Authority (MTA) maps. This has been granted by the MTA director of marketing.

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    THANK YOU!!!
    Thanks for stopping by and checking out Wheely! Your donation is greatly appreciated!

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    BETA TESTER!

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    STICKERS!

    You will receive a special thank you, get to take part in our beta test, and also receive some really cool stickers to help spread the word!

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    WHEELY ALUMINUM WATER BOTTLE!

    Receive a very special thank you, the beta, stickers, and a really great aluminum Wheely bottle!

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    T-SHIRTS!

    Receive a very special thank you, the beta, stickers, and a really cool Wheely t-shirt!

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    T-SHIRTS & WATER BOTTLE & SPONSOR CREDIT!

    Receive a very special thank you, the beta, stickers, a really cool Wheely t-shirt & water bottle and be listed as a sponsor in the apps credits!

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    STRETCH GOAL REWARD!

    Receive a wheelchair backpack of your choice along with the beta and some awesome stickers!
    and be listed as a sponsor in the apps credits!

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    STRETCH GOAL FEEL GOOD REWARD!

    DONATE A BACKPACK TO THE UNITED SPINAL ASSOCIATION and also receive a very special thank you and some cool Wheely stickers! and be listed as a sponsor in the apps credits!

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    SPONSOR A STATION & GET ALL THE GOOD STUFF! AWESOMENESS AWARD!

    Receive a very special thank you, the beta, stickers, a really cool Wheely t-shirt and be listed as a sponsor in the apps credits! +You will be able to select a station of your choice to be sponsored within the application! Your name will appear below the station name on the info screen. There's only 88 stations, donate now to lock in your favorite!

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    CELEBRATE WITH US & GET ALL KINDS OF AWESOME WHEELY GEAR!

    Receive a very special thank you, the beta, stickers, a really cool Wheely t-shirt and be listed as a sponsor in the apps credits! +You will be able to select a station of your choice to be sponsored within the application! Your name will appear below the station name on the info screen. Theres only 88 stations, donate now to lock in your favorite! +2 Wheely hoodies +An invite to a special Wheely launch party in the Fall of 2014

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