A large section of the disabled population live in remote areas where they do not have street names or numbers - leaving them effectively off the map. Being "unaddressed" denies them access to basic services and leads to an increase stigma and discrimination in their communities. Stigma leads to people with disabilities often having poor mental health and denial of their basic rights such as food, education, employment and access to health services due to their inability to participate fully.
Combating stigma by improving access to services and empowering people with disabilities to function more independently.
(Image courtesy of Muungano Support Trust and Jason Corburn, UC Berkeley)
Increased access to basic social and emergency services as well as products for disabled people will increase their ability to participate in their communities as well as improve their ability to function independently. This will decrease stigmatization of people with disabilities and will lead to a more inclusive society. We developed SmartLocate - a platform using both what3word and mobile phone technology to assign 3-word addresses to people with disabilities, enabling them to request services and products using a smartphone or basic feature phone. A 3-word address allows service providers to accurately pin-point the location of a disabled person and opens doors for services and products to be delivered at their doorstep.
What3Words is an innovative global addressing system whereby every 3x3 meter square has a unique 3-word addresses that allows for rapid location.
Mobile phone technology - including VoIP - puts access to services at the fingertips of people with disabilities.
Empowering disabled people with a 3-word address and the ability to log a request using a mobile phone message (text or voice) will solve a myriad of challenges they face in terms of access to basic social services, municipal service delivery and emergency services.
Increasing their ability to operate independently will increase their self esteem, mental health and ability to participate fully in society - leading to better understanding and acceptance by communities.