The word may sound French but the concept of Jaccede is undeniably international. The website and smartphone app are developed and designed by the registered charity of the same name, to be able to host any accessible place worldwide, on a free, collaborative, online platform. Restaurants, parks, public services (and more than 100 other different types of places) can be added to the guide by anyone with an internet connection, with detailed and universal accessibility information using an easy-to-use checklist which doesn’t require technical knowledge.
All that a contributor needs is the desire to do something useful for those in need of such information to get out and about.
To date, 35 countries have at least one accessible location featured on the guide.
When Damien Birambeau, a French wheelchair user and online innovator created the guide in 2006, he set out to ensure that the information registered on the website about a location was positive, potentially useful to all people with limited mobility and able to withstand the test of time by continuously evolving with each contribution.
Since then more than 69 000 places have been added to the guide by thousands of users and via information integration from partner websites. As of Summer 2014 each of these places can now be consulted via jaccede.com and the Jaccede app in English, opening up new possibilities for international users and information exchange with well-recognised platforms using the API (Application Programming Interface). This API, developed internally by the charity, is a technological innovation that allows other guides to integrate Jaccede accessibility information about places (restaurants or hotels, for example) featured on a separate public database.
Jaccede firmly believes that it is by having free access to precise details about the accessibility of a place that each and every person can decide whether they want to go there or not. Jaccede never says a place is ‘accessible’ or ‘not accessible’ as the definition of such terms varies from one person to another. We let everyone make up their own minds.
Participation is the cornerstone of Jaccede.com. This is why Accessibility Days are organised throughout the year by members of the charity to collect accessibility information to add to the guide and to raise awareness amongst the general public. So far, France, Belgium, Spain, Monaco and overseas French territories have hosted such events, and there are no limits to who can spearhead such an event. Without people to contribute to the website and the Accessibility Days, Jaccede.com would not exist.
Whilst physical barriers to free and easy access still exist in society, there are now no barriers to using Jaccede, and any interaction with the guide goes a step further in creating a more accessible world for everyone.
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