Updated: Jan 12, 2021
It turns out that the answers were much simpler than I thought even though it took more time than I thought it would to find them . . . almost three years!
I had the original idea in November 2017.
Six months later I started doing research on . . . well, on anything related to limited mobility, disabilities, websites, website builders, blogging, and #nonprofitorganizations. I finally started building the website in May 2018.
I got back to work on It’s About Mobility in July 2020 and finally discovered answers to the three questions in September 2020. Woohoo! I guess all of that simmering on the back burner actually helped. I was finally able to publish the website in September 2020.
So, what are the answers? They are actually pretty simple. I don’t know why I didn’t find them sooner. Maybe the longer I worked on the website the more familiar I became with the process of building it. Or maybe the tools changed or were upgraded during the break I took. Or maybe it was just that I was over-thinking the whole thing and it took me a while to realize that. In any event I finally figured the answers out and here they are.
Question #1. How could reviews be submitted?
Answer: I figured out how to create a form on the website that could be used to submit reviews.
Question #2. How to rate/scale the services, accommodations, and facilities?
Answer: I went with the very simple and familiar green, yellow, red stop sign concept to assess functional accessibility. Green is for the least challenging, yellow is for mildly challenging and red is for the most challenging.
Question #3. How to share the reviews on the website?
Answer: I created pages on the website for each level of functional accessibility and a link to an Excel chart that has more detail about each of the places listed on the website pages.
Soooo, where to go from there? First, I published the website. Yay! Then I wrote the three blog posts dealing with functional accessibility. Double yay! Next I listed a few reviews and developed an Excel table that has a little more detail than just the name of the places. Triple yay!
I know that none of these lists is by any means an exhaustive, nor can they ever be. That being said, I know that they can be useful to those of us living with limited mobility. So what I am hoping is that you all will help me to keep adding to the lists by sending in your reviews.
Eventually maybe we will come up with a very unofficial sticker or certificate or something that places can post or display. For now we are taking baby steps. Someone I knew a long time ago told me, “Time is the test of everything” and indeed it is.
There are years that ask questions and years that answer. (Zora Neale Hurston)