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We’re looking forward to sharing an exciting new initiative later in the year to help people with a physical disability participate and contribute to their local businesses and communities through the development of an online app.
The Accessible Australia app will be a free resource providing comprehensive accessibility information on destinations in cities and towns across Australia, including hotels, restaurants and cafes, bathrooms, parks, beaches and more.
Users will be able to identify the accessibility levels of businesses and venues in their communities or the communities they visit, as well as leave reviews and share their own experiences with other users.
CEO Mark Townend said an important part of the app’s development was involving people with lived experience of physical disability, such as Spinal Life customers, in every stage of the development process.
“We wanted to put people with disability at the centre of the design of the app, to make sure that the project focused on the most important things for its users,” Mark said.
“Our team at Spinal Life have been working hard on gathering information on venues across Australia, while working with Telstra Purple on developing the tech side of the app.
“We are putting the finishing touches on the app and the first version will be available later this year as we work with our customers and other people with physical disability on testing the app and contributing reviews to get it ready for a wider Australian launch.”
Mark said the app will help users make informed decisions about inclusive local businesses, which helps them to participate in and contribute more to their local economy.
“This is especially important as Australia’s businesses and tourism destinations recover from the impact of COVID-19,” he said.
“The app has also enabled us to initiative higher-level advocacy conversations with local governments and tourism organisations across Australia.”