Airbnb highlights new accessibility filters, features for disabled guests worldwide

ANI | Updated: Mar 15, 2018 15:06 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar 15 (ANI): Airbnb today highlighted the release of 21 new accessibility filters across the platform that make it easier for disabled guests to find accessible travel accommodation worldwide. The new filters allow Airbnb guests to search for listings with specific features, including step-free entry to rooms, entryways that are wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair, and more. Previously, guests on Airbnb were only able to search for 'wheelchair accessible' listings, which did not always meet travellers' individual needs.

Today's announcement comes as Srin Madipalli, Accessibility Product and Program Manager at Airbnb, continues his work to meet with Airbnb hosts and guests to ensure Airbnb meets their accessibility needs. Last week, after meeting with hosts and guests in Korea, Madipalli joined the Paralympic Torch Relay.

"As a disabled person and passionate traveller, I am hugely excited by the changes we're making at Airbnb. With these new filters, we are making it easier for everyone to share their adapted homes with disabled travellers around the world. Our mission is to enable anyone to belong anywhere, regardless of disability," said Madipalli.

The introduction of the new filters is one in a series of steps Airbnb is taking to ensure its community is accessible for everyone. In late 2017, Airbnb acquired Accomable, the London-based accessible travel startup founded in 2015 by Srin Madipalli and Martyn Sibley - two friends with Spinal Muscular Atrophy in the UK. Accomable linked disabled travellers with listings that met their needs.

Going forward, Airbnb will be working closely with its community of hosts and guests to ensure the new filters offer information which is as useful and accurate as possible, with the aim to improve and expand the filters to ensure they support as many travellers as possible.

"The introduction of the new accessibility features and filters to all hosts and guests is just the first stage in our journey to improve accessibility at Airbnb," added Madipalli. "We encourage everyone to use them and send through their feedback."

Airbnb's new Accessibility features and filters allow guests to search for listings with some or all of the following features:

Entering the home

Step-free access

Wide doorway

Well lit path to entrance

Flat path to front door

Getting around

Wide hallways Hallways at least 36" (90cm) wide.

Elevators If needed, contact hosts about the width.

Bedroom

Step-free access

Wide doorway

Accessible-height bed

Wide clearance to bed

Bathroom

Step-free access

Wide doorway

Roll-in shower with chair

Bathtub with shower chair

Accessible-height toilet

Wide clearance to shower, toilet

Fixed grab bars for shower, toilet

Handheld shower head

Common areas

Step-free access

Wide entryway

Parking

Disabled parking spot there is a city-approved parking spot or a parking space at least 8ft (2.4m) wide. (ANI)

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