Oxford Scholar launches SociAbility: Empowering social inclusion through access information
On Tuesday 11 June, Oxford alumnus Matt Pierri launched SociAbility - a mobile app that makes it easy to find detailed access information for social venues and shops in Oxford. Through better access information, SociAbility empowers people with access needs to spend more time with their friends, families and loved ones.
Matt Pierri told Ox Uni Students: "Accessibility is fluid—varying between both individuals and between contexts. With SociAbility, we’re moving away from binary labels of ‘accessible’ or ‘inaccessible’ towards a more helpful level of detail about key access features (eg. number of stairs, door widths, hearing loops etc.) to empower users to decide for themselves whether a venue is accessible or not. Anywhere. Any time.
SociAbility will also change how we think about disability, access and inclusion. By shining a spotlight on barriers to access, we highlight both their consequences and the small yet powerful ways in which we can tear them down."
You can download SociAbility worldwide from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Simply visit the SociAbility website and follow SociAbility on Instagram and Facebook (@sociabilityapp).
Matt Pierri is a Visiting Scholar at the Blavatnik School of Government. He recently completed a MSc in Social Science of the Internet and Master of Public Policy at the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Matt is also the founder and CEO of SociAbility, an Oxford-based social enterprise empowering social inclusion through better access information.