About Us

Our Mission

To assist organizations with creating a more accessible and inclusive environment where everyone receives access and an equal opportunity.

Achieving Our Mission

AbiliTrek began as a hotel booking service to fill the informational gap within the travel industry by accumulating accessibility data that is not available anywhere else. Though AbiliTrek has made a pivot in the service provided, we continue to expand the database of accessibility knowledge to assist people with disabilities, by utilizing a review platform to express the accessibility of anywhere that anyone can trek. We also provide information directly to businesses via consulting so that they are able to create a more accessible environment and cater to all customers. AbiliTrek continues to support the transformation of the travel and service industries to ensure that they are more inclusive for all.

Our Vision

AbiliTrek will be the voice behind disability advocacy and awareness that will also back the call to action for the world to be Universally Designed.


History

AbiliTrek began as an innovative idea that morphed into a company geared toward bettering the travel experience for people with disabilities. Currently, both the travel and service industries lack the information people with disabilities need, making their adventures a daunting and exhausting task. AbiliTrek, by counteracting the current state of the service and travel industries, will make trekking a fulfilling experience for any person with a disability.

The idea of AbiliTrek was invented by Daman Wandke. Daman started AbiliTrek in response to his own experiences when traveling with Cerebral Palsy and decided to put his dream of revolutionizing the travel industry experience for people with disabilities to the test in Bellingham’s 2016 54-Hour Startup Challenge. AbiliTrek won the challenge and that set his idea into motion.

2016 was all about planning and by the beginning of 2017, we started working to make sure we were ready for our launch in April. Dedicated to building the best service we could to assist the disability community, countless hours were spent constructing our website to make sure it was both attractive and accessible to all.

AbiliTrek began as a hotel booking service optimized for travelers with disabilities, but at the beginning of 2018, we began a transformation of our platform to greatly expand the breadth of businesses and the depth of accessibility knowledge it would support. 

AbiliTrek Today

AbiliTrek is a multifaceted company with the mission of improving accessibility and empowering people with disabilities.

With our previous hotel booking service, we integrated a review system which allowed hotel-goers to rank building and room accessibility. We have phased out of the hotel booking service and have created a Yelp-like website with the goal of improving access to many more locations. AbiliTrek provides a platform for the disability community to rate and review the accessibility of any establishment — and can tailor search results to the specific needs of any individual. This service not only allows people to find accessible hotels, but also restaurants, bars, shops… almost any place someone can trek (locally or afar). As people make reviews, this platform will grow into a wealth of knowledge so travelers with disabilities can find businesses which are — and are not — accessible to them.

Build a profile and start making reviews today!


Consulting

Our customized consulting process reflects that accessible is not “one size fits all.” What one business needs to be accessible to the most amount of people may be different than what another business may need. We provide the knowledge necessary for businesses to be more inclusive and accessible to all people.

AbiliTrek offers consulting services in the areas of:

Check out our consulting capabilities!

Though the genesis of AbiliTrek did not take place in a garage, those of us at this Washington State start-up are driven to be as innovative and affluent to the disability community as Microsoft, our neighbors just south of us.

AbiliTrek is a certified disability-owned business enterprise

AbiliTrek is comprised of knowledgeable individuals who are both experts and influential in their respective fields. We understand accessibility as it relates to countless areas of people’s lives. AbiliTrek is lead by Daman Wandke, a trailblazer in improving accessibility for all. Together, our Pacific Northwest team has the skills to advance accessibility across industries.

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Daman Wandke
CEO, Founder, & Lead Accessibility Consultant     Daman@AbiliTrek.com

Daman concentrates on the areas of IT accessibility & speaking engagements (TEDx, TAG, WWU, SBA panels). With nine years in the public & private sector working with Multinational corporations, he empowers others to trek without boundaries. 

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Kyann Flint
Director of Accessibility & Communications     Kyann@AbiliTrek.com

Kyann concentrates on the areas of onsite accessibility, training & speaking engagements. With six years of experience teaching disability education and Ms. Wheelchair WA – 2017 she is defying the Defined Disability.

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Travis Heller
Director of Technology      Travis@AbiliTrek.com

Travis concentrates on the areas of web development and accessibility testing and remediation. With multiple years of professional software development experience, he is making the web accessible for everybody.

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Tripp Marotto
Director of Operations     Tripp@AbiliTrek.com

Tripp concentrates on keeping our team in cohesion. As a recent graduate from Western Washington University with a degree in Communications, he makes things happen.