Airbnb is making it a lot easier for people with disabilities to find accessible lodging that will work for their needs.
The company on Friday announced 21 new accessibility filters for the platform, which let people search for listings with features like step-free access, wide doorways and hallways, an elevator, a flat path to the front door, wide driveway, well-lit path to the entrance, and more. Previously, guests were only able to search for “wheelchair accessible” listings, so this is a major improvement.
The other new filters will let you search for digs offering an “accessible-height” toilet and bed; wide clearance to the bed, shower, and toilet; a roll-in shower with a chair; a bathtub with a shower chair, fixed grab bars for the shower and toilet, a handheld shower head, and a disabled parking spot.
“As a person with disabilities and passionate traveler, I am hugely excited by the changes we’re making at Airbnb,” the company’s Accessibility Product and Program Manager, Srin Madipalli, said in a statement. “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.”
Airbnb said it plans to work with guests and hosts to ensure these new filters offer useful, accurate information. Going forward, the company plans to “improve and expand the filters to ensure they support as many travelers as possible.”
Meanwhile, Google Maps now offers wheelchair-accessible public transportation routes for several major cities, including London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston, and Sydney.