DSI Reflecting on Summer 2022’s Community Design for Leaders Course

by Meghan Lazier

“I am helping disabled commuters regain independence and control of their day by creating a mobile app that gives riders access to real-time data and information about current and past rides on paratransit.”

Uber for Access-A-Ride. The short-term goal of my project has been to develop a prototype of an app that helps disabled commuters more effectively navigate Access-A-Ride, New York City’s paratransit program. The ultimate goal of my project is to encourage the city to release data about Access-A-Ride, so that citizen technologists and designers can create apps for disabled commuters – just as they have done for other forms of New York City transit. I’m currently in the process of pitching my idea to the MTA with the support of an NYC council member.

Thesis Paper: (PDF)

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