Accomable, a new online service to help people with a disability or mobility problems find accessible holiday properties has been co-founded by disabled entrepreneurs Srin Madipalli and Martyn Sibley.
Pitched as the next Expedia or AirBnB for the mobility sector, Accomable links people with physical disabilities (Srin and Martyn have spinal muscular atrophy and each use a motorised wheelchair) to accessible accommodation worldwide.
With investment from the prestigious Skoll Foundation, which offers US grants to exceptional new ventures with a social focus, Srin Madipalli and Martyn Sibley launched Accomable in June 2015, with over 120 properties across 14 countries worldwide, and many more on the way.
Co-founders, Srin and Martyn, also run online magazine, Disability Horizons, with over 40,000 readers per month, but their travel experiences made them want to do more than offer travel advice to their community of readers. Their idea was to build something that would make travel easy for anyone with a mobility problem or disability.
The final straw came in 2010, when the duo travelled to California but found it extremely difficult to organise suitable accessible accommodation, medical equipment, transportation and other things that he required.
Srin even put himself through an MBA at Oxford Saïd Business School, then taught himself to code. In April 2015, the guys were able to launch the prototype site for Accomable.
“Our vision for Accomable is to provide an efficient, one-stop shop, so anyone with a mobility problem or disability can enjoy travel in the UK and abroad.
“Shared economy businesses such as Air BnB and Uber are brilliant but have so far only really catered to the mass market. With Accomable, we’re hoping to change that
“We have been wheelchair users all our lives, and love to travel, but it can be extremely difficult to arrange if you have a disability or mobility issue.
“We want to be able to offer not only accommodation, but transport, specialist equipment hire, medical suppliers details and any other specialist needs, so everyone finds it easy to travel,” said co-founders of Accomable, Srin Madipalli and Martyn Sibley.
Find out more at www.accomable.com