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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Londoner of the day goes to a survivor of the 7/7 terror bombings in London left with massive life-changing injuries, who has created a mobile App for helping disabled people in London get around the capital city.
Daniel Biddle’s life was changed completely when a suicide bomber detonated a powerful device on the Tube train on which he was travelling, six and a half years ago.
The attack resulted in Mr Biddle losing both his legs, his spleen and one eye.
Suddenly seeing the world in a completely new light showed him how difficult for disabled people everyday tasks like going to a restaurant can be.
Business partner Tobi Collett got an insight into the challenge of being disabled when she and Mr Biddle went for lunch and struggled to find somewhere to eat with adequate access.
Similar experiences prompted Mr Biddle and Mrs Collet to embark upon a journey of finding a way of cutting the hassle out of disabled travel in London.
New App; Ldn Access, is the tool he and a fellow developer hope solve the problem. It costs £1.49 and is on sale at the Apple App Store.
“For so long disabled people have been some what forgotten when it comes to being provided with the right information when it comes to making a choice about where to go, particularly if that decision is made by your requirements for access,” said Mr Biddle.
“We aim to ensure that what ever your need or ability you can find information on places to eat, stay and relax, we want people to be able to enjoy London for what it is, one of the greatest cities on the planet”
One feature of the App is that no wi-fi signal or phone signal is required to use it. It operates off-line, which is a boon for when in signal black spots such as Tube trains.
London24’s Londoner of the Day aims to find people in the capital who have done something special or made the news and created a talking point for the day. It can be someone famous or an unsung hero such as a charity stalwart.
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