People experiencing chronic illness often are excluded from third places for relaxing and socializing outside of the workplace and home. Designs of public places often neglect important characteristics like: frequent seating, temperature control, and accessible restrooms. However, public places also provide healing elements like relaxation, socialization, and views of nature.
This map aims to help people navigate the experience of place and chronic illness, by showing which places have accessability problems and theraputic qualities. Since people living with chronic illnesses can have vastly different experiences, can we help users find places with the characteristics that are most important to them? It builds off of Sylvia Janicki's design principals for public places and chronic illness, developed from interviews of people with chronic Lyme disease.
This is a class project for Jen Mankoff's Future of Access Technology class at the University of Washington. Developed by Sylvia Janicki, Matt Ziegler, and Grady Thompson, with helpful input from Manaswi Saha, Jen Mankoff, and Kelly Mack.
This map shows where public restrooms are close enough that you could access one in a couple minutes.