Map4all all helps disabled people navigate buildings in different cities of the world

Spanish businessman Josep Esteba was so fed up of trying to get around his country in a wheelchair that he made it a mission to map cities for disabled people all over the world.

The result is Map4all, a free mobile application. The Barcelona-based app allows wheelchair users, as well as the blind, hearing-impaired and others, to find out how accessible a building is before they visit it.

Users can check whether a cinema or museum has ramps or lifts, or if a restaurant has menus in Braille.

Establishments can register to add information themselves. The app also draws on data that is self-reported by users.

Map4all has been downloaded in nearly 3,000 cities and works across nine languages.

Like Mapp4all, there are other apps that have come up to help disabled people navigate cities.

Some of these are BlindSquare and Wayfindr, which also offer audio instructions to help blind people get around cities globally. The Wheely NYC app helps New York residents to use the subway by providing targeted information, like whether lifts are working.

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