Help make our city a more accessible place in time for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games!

Aha Mapathon Toronto

(Photo from: Aha Mapathon)

Dear Friends,

The Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) at OCAD University ( has started a collaborative project with AXS Map (access map) ( to map the accessibility of stores and restaurants in regions hosting events for the 2015 PanAm and ParapanAm Games.We are using a simple process to rate businesses and public spaces on their accessibility to people with disabilities. This information helps people with disabilities find accessible places, and enjoy our communities.

We are trying to map 1000 locations in Toronto BEFORE the games begin this summer. This is a HUGE undertaking and we could really use your help.

To help us meet our goal we are holding a Mapathon: a group effort to map as many locations as possible.

Where: OCAD Open Gallery, 49 McCaul St. Open Gallery

When: Saturday, June 27th
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Introduction: learn about rating locations for accessibility and form teams.
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Mapathon: hit the streets to rate as many places as you can with your team members.
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Reception: join us for drinks, refreshments and prizes.

What you’ll need: Please bring your smartphone if you have one with data/wifi connection, and download the AXS map app ahead of time if you can. If you don’t have a smartphone, don’t worry! We’ll make sure to put you on a team with someone who does. You can join us on foot, by bike, or using any other mode of transportation of your choice.

Please extend this invitation. aha Toronto 2015

If you have any questions, please email us at: [email protected]