According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 56.7 million Americans—almost 20 percent of the population—have some form of disability. To make finding accessible businesses and locations easier the AbleRoad website and app were recently launched. Aimed at people with disabilities, including those who use a wheelchair or have other mobility, vision, hearing or cognitive disabilities, as well as their families and caregivers. Users are also able to review any public space or business, increasing AbleRoad's usefulness.
The company behind AbleRoad is working with Yelp, so users can see both the Yelp and AbleRoad ratings for a business on the same screen, with up to 200 results per search. The app allows users to add ratings and upload photos while on location and rate them for many factors relating to ease of access. Reviews of restaurants, stores, hotels, medical practices and facilities and more can be shared easily on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. The app supports badge ranking of reviewers and has voiceover screen capabilities for people who are blind or low vision.
Users can leave detailed reviews for others to read, allowing people with disabilities or their families and friends to research and choose the businesses they want to patronize. AbleRoad is seeking new users around the world to enter reviews in an effort to make the website and app even more comprehensive and useful for people with disabilities.
AbleRoad is the brainchild of Kevin McGuire, who has used a wheelchair since being struck by an intoxicated driver at the age of seven. After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1987, McGuire founded McGuire Associates, the nation's leading consulting firm specializing in compliance with state and federal disability laws. His firm's clients include the New England Patriots, Live Nation concert venues, the Shubert Organization and the White House Visitor Center, among others. McGuire is working to make AbleRoad not only a tool for people with disabilities, but a brand of its own that will one day lend its seal of approval to a variety of products and services marketed toward them.
“As a child of a parent who is aging, I've found there is no certification program for medical products like walkers and grab bars,” McGuire says. “Taking the rating and reviewing one step further, I would like our website and app to be able to direct people to AbleRoad approved goods, services and contractors.” The AbleRoad app is available as a free download for both iOS and Android devices at Apple's App Store and Google Play. For more information, visit http://www.ableroad.com.