WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Airbnb has added new search filters to its app to make it easier for people with disabilities to look for accommodations appropriate for their needs.
- Previously, the online hospitality service only offers a filter for wheelchair accessible listings and not for any particular features for users with disabilities.
- Now, Airbnb’s new added search filters include step-free entry to rooms, wide entryways to accommodate a wheelchair, elevators, showers that can accommodate wheelchairs, ramps, an accessible-height bed, and more.
American online company Airbnb added a total of 21 new filters that allow people to identify specific searches inside a home. In its blog post, Airbnb wrote that previously offered filters “did not always meet travelers’ individual needs.”
The short-term accommodation company will continue to monitor if the new filtered results will be helpful. The company said it may expand or add more filters to be even more specific.
“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,” Srin Madipalli, Airbnb’s accessibility product and program manager, said.
The new filters are just the first in a series of moves Airbnb is doing to guarantee its community is friendly for everyone.
Last year, Airbnb allowed the government to test for racial discrimination by hosts. It has been previously reported that hosts were discriminating and rejecting guests on the basis of race, gender, age, or disability.
Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights issued this statement: “We applaud any business that makes its products available to more people, and we welcome Airbnb’s announcement. Travel accommodations should be accessible for people with disabilities, and efforts like these help remove unnecessary barriers. We look forward to seeing this new policy put into action.”
Source: The Verge