5 Apps for More Accessible Travel
For people living with disabilities, travel can feel rather inaccessible without specific tools. But in the age of the smartphone, our toolboxes have thankfully gotten a lot more convenient to carry. We’ve rounded up five great apps for more accessible travel so you can get down to business with confidence anywhere in the world.
Wheelmap is a free app and website that allows you to find and rate wheelchair accessible places worldwide. Find accessibility reviews of more than 2 million places — from restaurants to bus stops, restrooms to movie theaters, and anyplace in between. You can sort by type of establishment, as well as by accessibility level (fully, partially, or not accessible.)
The great thing about Wheelmap is its use of crowdsourcing; any user can contribute information about a location’s accessibility, meaning the breadth and depth of information within the app continues to grow wherever people use it.
Similar to Wheelmap, Access Now is a resource for people to find buildings, transportation, and businesses around the world that are wheelchair accessible. But Access Now takes this a step further by integrating other accessibility needs like braille menus, gender neutral washrooms, quiet spaces, and more.
Access Now is building a movement that celebrates access by connecting people to inclusive, welcoming places for all. You can search for specific places like a restaurant, hotel or store, or browse the map to find accessible spots near you. You can also set filters for your specific accessibility needs. Access Now employs crowdsourcing, so you’re able to review any place you go for its accessibility.
Be My Eyes
Be My Eyes is a video app that instantly connects a global community of full-vision volunteers and company representatives with users who have visual impairment. Be My Eyes offers assistance to anyone who needs help reading small print, matching clothes, troubleshooting technology, setting up home appliances, or any other simple task that can be assisted over a video call.
The company boasts 3 million worldwide volunteers who speak more than 185 languages and are available day or night. Navigating an airport, an unfamiliar public transportation system, a hotel, etc. can be much more manageable with this app, which has an average wait time per call of just 15 seconds.
Due is a sleek and simple reminder and timer app that claims users will never forget anything again. Not only can it provide basic organizational help for any traveler, but it can empower people with ADHD or similar conditions to be able to travel without feeling overwhelmed.
Travelers can set up recurring tasks, like taking a daily medication, or one-off tasks, like packing in advance of a trip. The app’s Auto Snooze feature repeatedly notifies you of missed reminders until they’re marked done or rescheduled, so even if you get distracted at first, the app will help ensure you get around to all your tasks eventually.
Due automatically adjusts text size according to your system setting, offers full VoiceOver support, and is localized in 17 languages.
Routines, by Care/Of
For some people with autism spectrum disorder, travel can feel inaccessible in part because it disrupts a routine. But with the Routines app, users are able to create morning and evening checklists and log how their routines make them feel to develop habits that work for them.
Once your routines are entered in the app, you can set daily reminders, practice self-reflection, and gain insight over time about what habits are effective at promoting energy, healthy sleep, calm, or any other metric you set as a priority.
Having an app to track your routines can make doing them in new places feel more manageable. And accessing historic data about which routines are most helpful lets users know which to commit to on the road for a smoother travel experience.
It’s important for travel to be accessible for all, and smart device technology can improve the travel experience, especially for people with disabilities, by leaps and bounds. This is why we created our corporate travel software, Etta, to meet the AA-level accessibility guidelines established by the WorldWide Web Consortium.
What’s more, accessibility features don’t just help those with disabilities, they help everyone. Whether you have vision limitations or just find it more comfortable to read larger text, for instance, Etta is made to accommodate your needs.
If you’re interested in learning more about how accessibility is driving innovation in travel technology, read our complimentary report from IDC that’s available on Deem.com.