Tag Archives: accessible travel

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/


uberASSIST

“With uberASSIST you can expect the reassurance and ease of communication that comes with a vehicle driven by one of our top rated partner-drivers who has completed a disability equality course, developed and delivered by disabled trainers working for Transport for All and Inclusion London. Vehicles can accommodate most folding wheelchairs, walkers and scooters and in the early part of next year, we hope to add fully wheelchair accessible vehicles to the platform.”

(Straywheel butting in here to make it clear that we are not promoting Uber’s “uberASSIST” program. They are making it sound like a good thing for whelchair users, when in fact it is nothing more than a standard car or van with an extra person to “assist” the wheelchair user in their transfer into and out of the vehicle. When they say that they “hope to add fully wheelchair accessible vehicles” (emphasis mine), what they are saying is that at present they haven’t got anything with a ramp, which means that it isn’t possible to stay in your chair. It means a transfer. Accessibility is not about providing someone to help. Accessibility means providing the person with a mobility impairment the means to access the building or vehicle without assistance.)

http://newsroom.uber.com/london/2015/10/assistuk/


Adapted minibus transport in Ireland

We have just returned from a trip to Ireland and had a great experience with this hire company for transport from Dublin to Donegal and back: Smiths Minibus Hire Dublin.

We used a 10 seater van with a good ramp and space for the wheelchair.  Our driver Gary was fantastic – safe, very friendly and helpful, way above and beyond the call of duty!

Delighted with the service we received and we’d definitely use this company again.


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