Life is complicated enough! If you're hauling special equipment, it can become a nightmare to find hotels, restaurants or retail outlets that are friendly and accessible to people with disabilities (PWD). 360-Access.com was created by two business women who have disabilities -- limitations involving mobility, vision and dietary needs -- and understand the need for information when we shop, travel or entertain for business or pleasure.
Accurate information is currently difficult to find. We need to make multiple phone calls to verify basic information, and the person on the other end of the phone might not have or think to offer details. 360-Access.com is about serving our PWD community by providing a single free portal and app where our visitors (PWDs, their families and friends) can find information about the accessibility features of existing spaces -- businesses that cater to our mobility or other special needs, while offering our business sponsors and participating partners the ability to make their goods and services highly visible to PWDs.
360-Access.com's goal is to educate businesses and consumers; capture and share standardized accessibility information; and, help revolutionize how members of the disability community find restaurants, lodging or buy goods, services and products. 360-Access.com offers our data, searchable by consumers who visit our site and made available to our partner organizations (Chambers of Commerce, Travel Sites, Disability Related Organizations, etc.) who will re-use and promote this information.
Finally, we will able be able to make informed decisions about where to travel, eat, stay, shop or play!
Co-Founder: Madonna Long; VP 360-Access (a division of Abator)
Long is no newcomer to disability or business, paralyzed in 1981 in a Utah school bus accident, she was 1994 Ms Wheelchair Nevada and owed a Las Vegas bridal and formal wear boutique at the age of 22. She is the owner of Madonna Long Consulting LLC & Loops Media Group, both companies consult on disability marketing and issues. Long helped launch VPG Autos featuring the MV1 accessible taxi where she worked on accessible taxi legislation in Washington DC, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Nevada. Long is a national disability consumer advocate, and for the past 12 years she has been working with members of Congress to bring awareness to home health care and complex rehab technology.
Co-Founder: Joanne Peterson; Abator’s President/CEO
Peterson is a Pennsylvania native, injured in a 1969 Ohio motor vehicle accident, she found the best employment was self-employment. In 1983, there were very few women-owned technology firms and “ours is now a geeky grandmother”, she states. Abator’s IT consultancy supports government and commercial clients with engagement teams and solutions to meet critical business, legislative or regulatory challenges. Abator’s GetDiversityCertified.com division identifies and assists MWBE businesses on their path to certification. Peterson co-authors a blog for diverse business owners, provides technical assistance through Chatham’s WBC, serves on the PowerLink Board, volunteers via WBENC and is brainstormer extraordinaire.
Along with her Co-Founder Madonna Long, Peterson is using her technical knowledge to drive 360-Access.com in mapping the physical accessibility features of public spaces for people with disabilities. All are based on Abator's passion for helping clients achieve intelligent use of information!