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Monday, January 18, 2016

Access Mob Pittsburgh

Introducing my new project... Access Mob Pittsburgh!

Image: The handicap symbol in black inside a gold triangle, with "Access Mob" written on top and "Pittsburgh" underneath.
Image: The handicap symbol in black inside a gold triangle, with "Access Mob" written on top and "Pittsburgh" underneath.

Access Mob Pittsburgh promotes social advancement through positive change.

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a complaint-driven law that requires individuals with disabilities to sue businesses in order to be granted basic civil rights and gives the public a negative image of people with visible differences. The goals of the Access Mob are to bring communities together to advocate for change through positive measures.

In the spirit of Flash Mobs, this is a space for discussion and organization of Accessibility Mobs. Accessibility Mobs can be (but are not limited to) any one of the following:

* Organizing groups to canvass neighborhoods to do censuses of sidewalks, intersections, and cut curbs in residential areas and business districts.

* Organizing groups to canvass business and retail areas to evaluate the level of accessibility individual businesses according to ADA and ABA standards.

* Ramp Crawls, Shopping Crawls, and related activities to reward businesses who are ADA compliant, to show the collective buying power or people with disabilities, and to demonstrate to a range of businesses that yes, people who are disabled like going out to night clubs and fancy restaurants.

* "Un-Protests" - Approaching businesses that are not accessible and expressing to them that people with disabilities want to spend money there, and that people who are currently fully-abled want to continue patronizing should they become disabled in the future. 

Join our Meetup by clicking here and our Facebook group by clicking here!


  1. i heard your NPR interview and you did a great job! Certainly gave me food for thought re: what we can also do to help in future with our projects.

  2. I heard your NPR interview and you did a great job. Gave me food for thought re: how we may be more aware in future re: projects etc.

    1. Thank you so much!

      Awareness is certainly key when it comes to accessibility - there are so many hurdles out there that seem small to some but which are insurmountable to others, and we understandably don't think about these things if they're things we don't deal with.

      If you are ever interested in helping out with any of our projects, check out our Meetup and Facebook pages! Eventually I'll have the website and blog up-to-date, but it's a one-woman show right now and I can only do so much at a time

      We're having a brainstorming session on October 1 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Panera on Blvd. of the Allies in the meeting room. We would love it if you could come and help come up with ideas for projects to help make this City even greater!