Disability is not a curse. Disability is not a disease.
India is a home to over 100 million persons with disabilities as well as 100 million elderly people. Despite knowing these facts and figures, there’s little that’s being done to cater to the special needs of these sections of the population. Moreover, in this digital age, multiple applications and information portals help us plan seamless experiences when it comes to travelling and exploring, adding to our social life.
However, what about the social life of persons with disabilities and the elderly? It is close to negligible – Firstly, a disabled-friendly infrastructure is yet to dawn upon the Indian subcontinent and secondly, there is a lack of information dissemination about the already accessible places.
BillionAbles, a social startup has taken up this initiative to bring these people to the forefront and attempts to create an inclusive society. It is an organization which is involved in making the life of persons with disabilities more comfortable and convenient by providing information about disabled friendly places and services pan India. It’s an attempt at levelling the playing field so that this long-ignored segment can go out and have fun, just like the majority of the population.
The company is the brain child of Mr Sameer Garg disabled due to a spinal injury two decades ago and Mr Deepak Kumar the technical wizard of the company. The startup currently runs a web platform (www.billionables.com) and its user count currently stands at over 3,000+. The platform has 1,000+ disabled friendly places listed across India with 150+ verified listings from Delhi-NCR, Goa and Rajasthan.
To ensure a fulfilling social life for the disabled community, the startup is launching its BillionAbles app which will serve as India’s first Access Guide for persons with special needs, on 8th July 2017 at 3 pm.
It is a crowdsourced app which lists Accessible venues & services under Categories such as Accessible Restaurants & Hotels, Accessible Shops & Malls, Accessible Entertainment Joints, Wellness, Disability Events, Public transport, Accessible tours, Accessible cabs, Accessible Washrooms, Disabled Parking spaces, etc.
The user can filter the search results on the basis of Access features such as Ramps, Lifts, Elevators, Step free access, Braille & Signage, Sign language availability, Gluten free food, Eating aids, Assistance available, Large Print etc.
The results opens up in List as well as Map View. All the users can add any service and details along with ratings and reviews. The app offers user-friendly features like increasing and decreasing the font size of the text for those with low vision. Those with colour blindness can change the app’s contrast colour while the blind persons can avail the text-to-speech and speech-to-text options.
It will offer greater flexibility and value add on with in-app navigation and quick calling features with ease of access for end users making it an online database and marketplace simultaneously. The app also has rating/review feature – the user after using the services can posts reviews to help others understand the product/services better. The users will be rewarded with rewards points for adding listings as well as for submitting reviews, which they can redeem at selected accessible merchant outlets.
The govt. has already launched Accessible India campaign which is directed towards making Govt. buildings accessible. We are working on making private sector accessible which will complement govt. mission as well as boost the economy by increasing earning opportunities for users as well as merchants.
Through this app, you will be a part of the gradual change that will take place in the society, a change which will only lead to the betterment and welfare in the life of people who are differently abled, who make us realize what really matters in life, who teach us to recognize that the value of life is found in who we are and not in who we are NOT.
LET’S BRING A SMILE ON THOUSANDS OF FACES. LET’S NOT GROW UP CARRYING THE SAME STIGMAS AND STEREOTYPES THAT WERE PASSED TO US.
LET’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE TOGETHER!
For further information, please visit : www.billionables.com
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