Steps for basic rating for accessibility of building entrances in VOSAP app.

In order to do the accessibility rating of building entrance of important public places, VOSAP mobile app allows you to click photos, do the access ratings (outside entrance only) and provide comments to help Persons with Disabilities with the information about accessibility.

Intention here is to create crowdsourced database of such access ratings of important public buildings to help with basic information with photographs and comments and geo tagged so in the map, one can find accessible bank, ATM, post office, restaurant, bus stations etc.

Please follow the steps mentioned below. VDO – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0l-nOzRHrME

Step 1: Download Voice of SAP application from App Store or Play store with link mentioned below:

iOS: https://goo.gl/ejkY5a

Android: https://goo.gl/CRjw1j

Step 2: Login to the mobile app with google ID (gmail) or FB ID. Please accept, “Allow” every pop up window

Step 3: Now on Home screen, click on “Buildings are rated” to open tab to click photos.

Figure 1: Click photos selecting buildings are rated tab

Step 4: Now enter the name of building in “Name of Building”. You will see address is populated automatically.

Make sure your “wifi” is ON in your mobile app for accuracy of building address to be populated automatically.

Figure 2: Enter name of building

Step 5: Now select the applicable category of building in “Select Building Category”.  Categories will be as mentioned below:

  • Bank/ATM
  • Bus Stop/ Public Transport
  • Cinema/ Park/ Entertainment
  • Government office/ Court
  • Hospital/ Clinic/ Pharmacy
  • Hotel/ Resort/ Lodge
  • Office Building
  • Place of Worship
  • Post office/ Courier
  • Residential Building
  • Restaurant
  • School/ College
  • Shop/ Shopping mall
  • Others
 

Figure 3: Enter category of building

Step 6: Now click photo by selecting “Upload Image”.  You can add maximum 3 photos in same post for a building. 3 photos needed many times to give idea of building, lift in behind the building or in parking etc.

Photos should have following mentioned criteria:    
  1. It should show the name of building, where possible
  2. It should show entrance clearly
  3. In case of location at first floor or higher, it should also show path how to reach there. If lift is there – go there and take that photo
  4. Photo should not have any person in that – only building entrance
  5. Photo must be taken from not more than 30 ft of distance and must be clearly visible
  6. Photo must not be taken in evening or night – day light is required
  7. It shouldn’t cover entire complex by which there could be no idea of accessibility for SAP.

Make sure your “wifi” is ON in your mobile app for accuracy of building address to be populated automatically.

Figure 4: Upload Photo

 

Step 7: To add comment, mention it under “Enter you comment”.  This field helps Divyangjan, Specially Abled Person to understand better about accessibility. You can enter in English or your language – our admin will update it. 

Make sure your “wifi” is ON in your mobile app for accuracy of building address to be populated automatically.

Figure 5: Enter comment

Step 8: Now rate the building entrance  by selecting stars in “Rate the accessibility”. In order to provide rating for any building the criteria are as mentioned below:

  1. No ramp or lift or hand rail or accessible toilet or large letter boards/ signs or parking for SAP. – 1 star
  2. If handrail is there but no ramp – 2 star
  3. If handrail and ramp is there but the ramp does not have proper angle – safe for wheelchair to go (less than 1:12, 8 to 10 degree max) – 3 star 
  4. If ramp with proper slope, angle is there but no hand rail – 4 star
  5. Proper slope of ramp, handrail both are there with signage, tactile etc. – 5 star rating of such building entrance. Mention on comments that tactile for blind, signage are there
 

Figure 6: Rating of photo

Examples of photos with suitable star rating are as shown below:

Star 1:

Figure 7: 1 star rated photo because of no accessibility

2 Star rating building entrances – hand rail is there

Figure 8: 2 star rated photo having railing only

3 star rating: One side hand railing for the ramp – it shd be both side

Figure 9: 3 star rated photo with small ramp and 1 railing only

Figure 10: 3 star rated photo having improper ramp and railing

4 star rating of building entrance. Slope is proper but no hand rail to hold 5 star rated building entrance

Figure 11: 5 star rated photo having proper slope of ramp, railing and accessibility for blind

Step 5: Now submit the photo by clicking on “Submit”

 

It will show the status bar of % upload and if network is slow, do not worry, when you are in fast speed data network, it will ask you again to upload!

Upon successful submit – you will see pop up message that it is pending admin approval

After Admin has reviewed, either it will be approved or you will get email with query if admin can not understand your rating or photo.

Figure 12: Submit photo

Congratulations!!! You have made a difference in the society by promoting accessibility.

Disclaimer: VOSAP takes no responsibility for absolute accuracy of accessibility ratings of building entrance as this mobile app and platform is created for volunteers in a crowdsourced model to educate people, spread awareness on basics of accessibility with this information and intends to help people in wheelchair or mobility impairment, primarily to find accessible places from map, photos.

As building photos are taken from outside only, this information does not provide full data on accessibility inside of the building. Signage, tactile, parking and many such additional features are part of the comments field as provided by volunteers. Building owners are requested to do full rating of their building and provide valuable information in case current data has any accuracy.

As a policy, VOSAP will give priority when ratings are provided by building owners as per rating norms of VOSAP, which are updated regularly per user feedback and available on website as well mobile app.