The daily challenges
Individuals on wheelchair are facing different challenges every day. These barriers play sensitive and important roles in the overall health and well-being of a person and are influenced by exterior and psychological factors.
Exterior barrier pertains to the physical environment such as infrastructure, space, presence of staircase, etc., that hinders a person on wheelchair the capacity to function well with his/her activities of daily living. For example, a ramp that is too steep is a physical barrier that can turn into a real nightmare.
Moreover, psychological barrier is related to a feeling of being inadequate and fear of being neglected by others. This may lead to a state of being detached or isolated.
Home Sweet Home
Is it difficult to find the house of your dreams? Imagine how it can be for those who live on a wheelchair. Take an apartment building for instance. One of the main concerns is the presence of lifts, which are often too small. In cases of outages and breakdowns, an able-bodied person can simply take the stairs. In contrast, it can be exceedingly difficult for a disabled person as he/she is unable to enter or leave the house. Statistically, over 98% of the properties in the market have internal and / or external steps that have compromised access and use.
If you are lucky enough to find a house on one level, without having to depend on a small, single elevator, your attention shifts to the interiors. Doors, interior spaces, bathrooms, and furnishings are other potential enemies. The doors must be sufficiently wide (at least 80cm), easy to open and the spaces between the furniture should allow ample room for maneuver. The same applies to bathrooms where showers (when present) and washbasins often do not facilitate wheelchair access. Heights, widths, depths of the elements present in the house are often to be rethought or redesigned. Although we understand that designing a house that is suitable for everyone is not easy, we still find the biggest problems occur in outdoor spaces, both public and private.
An uphill life
High sidewalks to get off or on, lack of adequate public transport services, taxis with ramps that are too steep? It is only the beginning. What about that sidewalk that suddenly becomes impracticable or that sidewalk that suddenly interrupts with a 40 cm high step or that fantastic museum where they forgot to install a ramp? Even today, the public sector makes catastrophic mistakes and often seems to forget the world of wheelchairs. The private sector has done a lot in recent years to improve accessibility and has often had to do it at its own expense, without contributions or aid from the institutions, but still today there are many bars, restaurants and shops that are completely inaccessible. The same goes for public toilets and about the accessibility of bathrooms. There are countless testimonies of people with disabilities who had to wander for hours before finding an accessible bathroom.
A star was born
The problem is not just related to the presence of barriers. Of course, to break down all these obstacles, in a relatively short time, the magic wand would be needed but there is something we can do together, immediately, with the contribution of everyone: we can improve communication, and this is the innovative idea that leads the Phukky.Com project.
If it is true that there are many properties, places and services that are still inaccessible, on the other hand, it is also true that there are many others that are absolutely equipped, hospitable and suitable to immediately welcome the wheelchair community. The project, born from the idea of three entrepreneurs with extensive experience in real estate, digital marketing and disability services, aims at creating an application that shows which services and places are available around you. Thanks to the app, it will be possible to select accessible services, attractions, and shops on an interactive map, obtaining at the same time, photos, information and details related to the real level of accessibility.