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Using Mobile Apps to Find Accessible Overnight Accommodations

In recent years, overnight vacation house rental mobile apps have become incredibly popular. It gives travelers the opportunity to stay outside of a hotel and provides the accommodations you would have at home. Two of the largest apps that offer overnight rentals are VRBO and Airbnb, and they both offer wheelchair accessible search options.

Airbnb Accessibility

Late last year, Airbnb purchased Accomable, a mobile app designed specifically for finding wheelchair accessible overnight stays. They also brought on Accomable’s CEO Srin Madipalli to lead their ongoing accessibility efforts. One of his first initiatives was to improve and increase the number of accessible accommodations they offer to users.

By encouraging hosts to fill out the accessibility needs section, wheelchair users now have a better understanding of the options available in the homes they are considering booking. These include features such as wide hallways, step-free access to rooms, and accessible bed heights.

Visit www.airbnb.com or download their mobile app to browse available listings.

VRBO Accessibility

VRBO, or Vacation Rentals by Owner, specializes in houses, condos, and cabins in popular tourist destinations. When searching for a rental property, users are able to filter by wheelchair accessible and if the unit has an elevator. There is also a feature to ask the owner of the property a question, which can be helpful if you have specific questions regarding accessibility.

The app and website both offer reviews of properties, a map of the area you are searching, and a detailed list of amenities inside of the home. Visit www.vrbo.com or download the mobile app to find your next vacation home.

If you are traveling and need to rent a wheelchair accessible vehicle, please visit www.mobilityworks.com/Wheelchair-Vans-for-Rent/.

Looking for more information on accessible travel? Check out our blog on 10 Accessible Travel Tips