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40 Women to Watch 2019: Maayan Ziv is a leading voice for global accessibility and opportunity for all


Maayan Ziv

Maayan Ziv is part of The Tempest’s 40 Women to Watch 2019, which spotlights extraordinary women and femmes making waves in their industries or passions of choice.

Maayan Ziv is a Toronto-based activist, photographer, and entrepreneur. She is the founder of AccessNow, a crowdsourced app that helps map the accessibility status of locations all around the globe. Currently, AccessNow has over 2,100 places mapped in over 101 cities. 

With a Bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television Arts and a Master’s degree in Digital Media from Ryerson University, Maayan’s frustrations with the lack of accessible spaces resulted in her foray into the tech industry. Living with muscular dystrophy, Maayan has been a strong advocate for making this world equally accessible for one and all. She has used the Access Now platform not only to find accessible places, but also to start conversations on how to create accessibility within existing spaces.

Maayan is also an acclaimed photographer and has been honored with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of her work to generate awareness around disabilities in the field of arts.