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The Story of Diya Priyadarshi, user of the Access Earth App

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“Now, with the Access Earth app, I am able to get information about accessible places in seconds!”

My name is Diya Priyadarshi, and I’m 13. I live in Sunnyvale, California with my parents and twin sister, Siya. I have Spastic Diplegia, a type of Cerebral Palsy, due to my premature birth. I use crutches and wheelchairs to get around. I enjoy spending time with my friends, going to the mall with my mom and I love Thai and Indian food.

Living with this disability means that I need to plan my every move ahead of time. If I want to go for dinner with my family, my mom Deepika, calls restaurants to check if they have accessible bathrooms and ramps. Sometimes she even visits the restaurants earlier to assess if my wheelchair and I can be comfortable inside.

Now, with the Access Earth app, I am able to get information about accessible places in seconds! My mom and I find restaurants with good ratings, and invite my friends to have lunch there. I can even find directions, call the restaurants and get information like parking, which is useful for my mom as she drives me around.

Until now, my mom and other parents of kids with disabilities, would share notes about where to take their kids for lunch, activities and so on. Access Earth has made this so much easier and my mom recommends this app to other parents. She says it’s a scalable word-of-mouth tool which she trusts.

As for me, I had the fear that going to a new place meant being unsure of basic things like going to the bathroom or getting inside a building. Now, with the Access Earth app, I feel more independent and grown up!

Read more about how the Access Earth app is using local expertise to help people access practical accessibility information by reading the factsheet.