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BillionAbles App to help disabled find accessible public places

Jul 25, 2017 16:16 IST

The Delhi-based start-up, BillionAbles has launched a new app called BillionAbles that aims to assist people with disabilities to find accessible restaurants, tourist locations and other public places across India.

According to the start-up’s founder, Sameer Garg, the app is India’s first lifestyle app for people with special needs. Sameer himself suffered a spinal cord injury at the age of 19 that left him with paralysed lower limbs. Voicing his struggle, Sameer said, “Over the years, I have struggled to find an inclusive environment, whether it is a workplace or public place.”

He further continued by saying that though currently a lot of organisations in India provide skill-based training, conduct accessible tours, run accessible cabs and provide facilities like ramps and washrooms, the information is not compiled and listed anywhere.

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The app was conceptualised by Garg and developed by Deepak Kumar, a 24-year-old student who is pursuing Engineering from Kurukshetra University in Haryana.

Usage & Features

• The crowdsourced app lists over 1000 disabled friendly places across India including accessible restaurants & hotels, accessible shops & malls, accessible entertainment joints, wellness, disability events, public transport, tours, cabs, washrooms and parking spaces.

• Users can filter the search result on the basis of features such as step-free access, Braille and sign language availability or gluten free food.

• The results are displayed as a list as well as in Map View.

• Some other features of the app includes the ability to increase or decrease the font size of text, change app’s contrast colour, text-to-speech and speech-to-text options.

• It also comes with an inbuilt navigation and quick calling features.

• The app is available for Android users on Play Store. Users can rate it using rating/review feature.

• Further, it gives out reward points to the users, as they add listings and submit reviews. These points can be redeemed at selected accessible merchant outlets.

In a statement, the start-up revealed that the initiative is a part of their effort to make the private sector more accessible that will not only complement the government’s already launched ‘Accessible India campaign’ but will also help boost the economy by increasing earning opportunities for users as well as merchants.

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