Friendly Like Me, available for Apple and Android devices, is a first-of-its-kind app designed with the more than 33 percent of Americans who may need special accessibility accommodations while on family travel in mind.
The app specializes in offering accessibility-focused reviews. Through a profile and unique search features, you can narrow down businesses in a travel destination, or even just in your home city, to find which are the most accessible based on your individual needs. Businesses can also claim listings on the site and provide information about their various accessibility and similar features offered.
Based on reviews, businesses are given a friendliness score so users can instantly gauge whether or not the business is a good fit for their needs. In addition to listing businesses like restaurants and hotels, the platform also features concert and event venues, sports stadiums, national parks, beaches and more.
“People within the community have been asking for an app like this for many years, enabled with the ability to look up specific accessibility needs — to discover at their fingertips whether a place can accommodate them or not. For people with disabilities and access needs this platform can mean the difference between staying at home or being able to get out and enjoy life,” said Dave Jensen, co-founder and CTO, Friendly Like Me.
Elysia Everett, CEO, added, “Companies may not realize how much business they are losing by not being accessible to individuals that represent a third of the U.S. population and over $20 billion in disposable income. It’s time for businesses to prioritize accessibility and inclusivity for all customers, regardless of their body size. With the power of this consumer-driven platform and our collective buying power, we will also be engaged with educating the business community about how inclusivity and accessibility are the greatest drivers of customer loyalty.”
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