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.
Access Mob Pittsburgh is a group of disabled people, their friends and family, and allies who realize that anyone can become disabled at any time. We are committed to improving the lives of all Pittsburghers by making the City more accessible.
Donna Ancypa Holmes
Monica Albert Still