Airbnb and Accessible Accommodations

Airbnb has just made it easier to find affordable accommodations for people with disabilities who are traveling. The accommodation platform recently introduced new “filters” for finding travel lodgings with specific features. Step-free entries, roll-in showers and entryways that are wide enough for wheelchairs are some examples.

Until now, the only accessibility-related filter for booking with Airbnb was “wheelchair accessible,” which meant travellers with disabilities had to engage in messaging back and forth with hosts to find out if a potential spot was suited to their specific needs.

The original announcement on Airbnb.com gives details of how Airbnb came to make these changes, with the help of community groups like the (American) National Council on Independent Living and the California Council of the Blind.In late 2017, Airbnb acquired Accomable, the UK-based accessible travel start-up founded in 2015 by two friends with Spinal Muscular Atrophy in the UK. Accomable linked travelers with disabilities with listings that met their needs.

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