Getting the Message Out & About
Free App to improve community access for people with disabilities and mobility limitations
More than 2,000 people have downloaded Villa Maria’s innovative free Out & About app for people with disabilities or mobility limitations since it was launched in December, including dozens from Europe, Asia and America.
The free app, which enables people with disabilities, mobility limitations and carers to find accessible venues and events, now has more than 1,500 venues and events listed.
While many of the venues and events listed are in metropolitan Melbourne, rural and regional local government areas in Victoria and interstate organisations have expressed interest in including venues and events with disability access on the app.
It is a free app for iPhone and iPad and Villa Maria is now developing an Android version to make it accessible to all devices. Updates to the app are also planned to improve the user experience.
A community-powered platform, it works like TripAdvisor, allowing users to rate, review and suggest. It lists museums, cafes, parks, playgrounds, shops, cinemas, beaches and more. Users can filter venues based on their accessibility features and because it is location based, users can instantly look up events and facilities nearby or use it to plan their day before they leave home.
For example the free app lists wheelchair access, 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. Users can see if a venue is wheelchair accessible, or they might be looking for disability friendly accommodation.
Villa Maria hopes Out & About will grow to become the “go to app” for carers and people with disabilities and mobility limitations. Community members and businesses are encouraged to suggest more venues with disability access features and events offering leisure activities for people with disabilities, for inclusion.
Out & About is among a growing number of special needs resources featuring disability services in Melbourne and across the country.
But it is not just an app for those with disabilities or special needs. It has a much broader appeal, as the diversity and breadth of the information makes it a useful resource for anyone looking for a venue or event in their area or further afield.
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.