Traveling is both a popular leisure activity as well as being greatly intertwined within the working sphere. With $2.7 billion spent on travel every day in the United States, it is no doubt that travel is both beneficial and greatly influential in the market industry.
Traveling involves many moving parts including, but not limited to, transportation, lodging, dining and entertainment, and each of these categories is comprised of subcategories. When traveling, the experience is greatly unknown; this is the case for all, but even more so for people with disabilities.
Access is the key to an equal opportunity. However, when traveling the unknown, access is also unknown. For many with disabilities, traveling can mean showing up to a hotel without an accessible room, planning on joining friends at a restaurant which happens to not have an accessible entrance or flying on an airplane just to arrive at their destination to find that their wheelchair has been broken.
Whatever the scenario may be — and it can be different for everyone — access to traveling is greatly impeded for people with disabilities. Frustration of repeated discrimination and ableism is tiring and those of us with disabilities would love equal access to experiencing an enjoyable trip. With AbiliTrek, this is possible.
AbiliTrek is a company dedicated to improving the accessibility of the service and travel industries for people with disabilities. We are in the process of building a Yelp-like platform to rate and review the accessibility of almost any place one can trek. AbiliTrek’s platform will become a leading edge source of knowledge so people can know where access to a service is or is not available to them. AbiliTrek’s customized reviewing process reflects that accessible is not “one size fits all”. Ultimately, AbiliTrek strives to make the globe a more accessible place for all to live and enjoy. However, AbiliTrek can only accomplish our mission with your help.
Crowdsourcing is a way to involve many, many people who all pitch in to collect the most amount of data possible. Please simply pick one or more place(s) that you know is accessible and review it so that when someone travels to your town they will know of an accessible place they can utilize. Then, challenge one friend to do the same. With this chain reaction, those of us with disabilities may just be able to travel with a little more ease, knowing where the accessible places are and also be able to avoid the frustration of inaccessibility. The ultimate goal is to one day have access to an equal opportunity to trek the globe.