In India, accessibility isn't of greatest importance, and as a result, simple tasks such as going out for dinner are often exhausting for people with disabilities. As if that weren't enough, streets and public transports are not accessible either. Moreover, buildings in the country lack basic amenities such as braille signage and ramps.
Bearing the differently-abled in mind, a crowd sourced Android app dubbed as BillionAbles is trying to provide at least some sort of easement in terms of finding accessible places, services, and products. Aside from individuals with disabilities, the recently launched app can come in handy for persons with special needs, health disorders and elderly.
Sameer Garg, the founder of BillionAbles lives with a disability that was a result of almost a couple of decades old spinal injury.
The company deems the app as the country's first "Access Guide" for people with disabilities. Furthermore, BillionAbles' official website lists over 1,000 accessible places across the country with more than 150 verified listing from different states including Rajasthan, Goa, and Delhi-NCR.
The app features a comprehensive list of disabled friendly services and places under a myriad of categories including Disabled Parking spaces, Accessible Washrooms, Accessible cabs, Accessible tours, Public transport, Disability Events, Wellness, Accessible Entertainment Joints, Accessible Shops & Malls and Accessible Restaurants & Hotels, BillionAbles noted in a press statement.
Moreover, the app allows users to filter their searches. For instance, you can search for venues based on criteria such as accessibility of elevators, lifts, ramps, assistance availability, large print, eating aids, gluten free food, braille and signage, and sign language availability just to name a few. The results are shown in the form of a list and Map View.
BillionAbles app boasts an array of awe-inspiring features such as the ability to adjust app's contrast color, increase or decrease text's font size, text-to-speech, and vice versa.
Besides, there's an in-app navigation and quick calling features. You can rate the app with the help of its rating/review feature. The app also offers reward points to its users for adding listings and submitting reviews. These points are later redeemable at specific accessible merchant outlets.
In order to make Government buildings more accessible, the government has already launched Accessible India campaign. The statement further confirmed that the BillionAbles team is gearing up to bring in accessibility to the private sector as this will not only align with government's mission but also hike the economy by creating more opportunities to make money for merchants as well as users. (Image Credit: Billion Ables/YouTube)