AirBnB is trying to make it simpler for people with disabilities to find accommodations on the app. The company is adding new filters to its search to make this possible. You will now get a total of 21 filters on when you’re searching on AirBnB. That allows you to tell the app that you need stairs-free entries into rooms, wider doorways, ramps for wheelchairs and other such options.
That said, AirBnB already allowed wheelchair accessibility options on the platform. This just seems to make the whole process easier.
“As a person with disabilities and passionate traveler, I am hugely excited by the changes we’re making at Airbnb. With these new filters, we are making it easier for everyone to share their adapted homes with travelers with disabilities around the world. Our mission is to enable anyone to belong anywhere, regardless of disability,” wrote Srin Madipalli, Accessibility Product and Program Manager at Airbnb.
For those uninitiated, last year, Airbnb acquired Accomable - a London-based startup aimed at helping those with disabilities to find accessible places to stay on their travels and which was co-founded by Madipalli in 2015. So these recent changes that are taking place shouldn't come as a surprise.
The company says the introduction of its new search filters is “one in a series of steps” that AirBnB is taking to “ensure its community is accessible to everyone”.