Out & About app to improve disability access in line for award
Villa Maria’s Marketing Services Team is a finalist in the 2014 Victorian Disability Sector Awards for its innovative Out & About App that helps people find venues and events that are accessible for people with disabilities or mobility limitations.
The Team was selected as a finalist in the “Excellence in Improving Participation Award” category.
The winner will be announced at a VDSA ceremony on June 4.
The marketing team spent almost a year developing the Out & About – Accessing your community app, which is aimed at improving information on venues regarding disability access. It was launched at the inaugural Out & About Family Fun Day at Albert Park last December.
The free app for iPhone and iPad enables people with disability or mobility limitations and carers to find accessible venues and events.
It has been downloaded over 2,000 times and some 1,500 venues and events are now listed.
A community-powered platform, the free app works like TripAdvisor, allowing users to rate, review and suggest. It lists accessible museums, cafes, parks, playgrounds, shops, cinemas, beaches and more.
It’s a great resource for people looking for wheelchair accessible venues and events, disability access, features for people who are visually impaired or hard of hearing, leisure activities for people with disabilities, activities for older people, and more. For example users can see if a venue is wheelchair accessible, or they might be looking for disability friendly accommodation.
Watch the ‘How to use the Villa Maria Out & About App‘ video to learn more. For detailed instructions on how to use the Out & About App
Villa Maria is a not-for-profit, values-based organisation providing quality services and life enhancing opportunities for older people and children and adults with a disability, their families and carers.