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Handiscover gets new funding

Handiscover, a startup that lets you find and book accessible travel accommodation, has raised $700,000 in new funding.

https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/08/handiscover/


AirBnB – bravo!

AirBnB – disabled options

“a real change for those of us with access requirements with the introduction of Airbnb’s new accessibility filters and features”


“That was the goal: to live on, enjoy life.”

“When Andy Fierlit’s wife suffered a brain aneurysm 27 years ago, doctors urged him to admit her to a nursing home. But Fierlit wanted to make their life ordinary again — or even extraordinary — so he embarked on a mission to show her the world.

Since then, Andy and Donna Fierlit have visited all seven continents — more than 20 countries, so far — with Andy doing the pushing while Donna, who is partially paralyzed, rides in a wheelchair.”

Croatia – ferries

 

This looks like positive news:

Ferries in Croatia to become more accessible


AirBnB adds accessibility filter

This looks promising:

https://press.atairbnb.com/airbnb-highlights-new-accessibility-filters-and-features-for-guests-with-disabilities-worldwide-uk/

“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. We encourage everyone to use them and send through their feedback.”


Google Maps adds data to help wheelchair travellers

Wheelchair travellers get Google Maps help

Will be interesting to see how well this works…


Good news – London to Amsterdam direct by train.

Helen and I have taken the Eurostar to from London to Paris several times. We love it. Train travel is so vastly superior to flying for those of us in wheelchairs that I cannot even begin to describe the difference. We have also taken the train from London to Amsterdam on several occasions, and although it is still much better than getting there by plane, the trip involves a change in Brussels that adds a lot of stress (and rolling; Brussels Midi is a very big station) to the trip.

Good news, everyone!

http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2016/10/eurostar-will-go-direct-to-amsterdam-next-year-in-just-4-hours/


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