This Mumbai Based Travel Company Makes Travel Exciting And Easily Accessible for People With Disabilities
Yeshwant Holkar started an online portal Umoja.in when he saw a dear friend with disability in difficulty to find accessible places to visit. That was the time when he felt there had to be a better way. He then teamed up with the co-founder, Ben Musgrave, who has over a decade of experience in accessibility to come up with a solution.
“A dear family friend is a wheelchair user. Seeing how difficult and time consuming it was for her to find accessible places to visit, we felt there had to be a better way. We understood that great accessibility begins with great information,” says Yeshwant while talking to Yourstory, who holds an MBA from INSEAD and a bachelor’s degree in finance and philosophy from Franklin & Marshall College, USA.
Yeshwant’s mission was to show businesses like hotels, restaurants, malls, and cinemas that by improving accessibility, they can tap into an attractive market segment.
Millions of persons with disabilities across the globe have great difficulty finding accommodation for them while Traveling. Umoja enable over a billion people with disabilities globally to travel with confidence. Holkar feels the portal’s response so far has been really encouraging.
At UMOJA, they gather detailed & dependable access related information so that you can quickly and easily find hotels that meet your access needs or preferences. In short, UMOJA’s Access Match feature enables & ensures great wheelchair accessible Travel of your liking.
Umoja’s online portal has over 100 accessible hotels in 11 tourist destinations in India. They plane travel itineraries to India’s Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur) as well as Kerala and Goa. The team has also published a number of accessibility destination guides to help people plan their travels.
From airport to hotel to anywhere you wanna go Umoja provides wheelchair accessible car service for your comfortable, convenient and safe journey.
Wheelchair users had written to Umoja asking about going to Goa, but all were disappointed to learn that none of the beaches there were accessible. Umoja organised The BeachFest during March 31–April 9, 2017, which had over 250 participants. They organised BeachFest, complete with an accessible beach pathway, accessible washrooms and changing rooms, and an accessible restaurant, as a model of what is possible when a beach is made accessible
BeachFest was also held to raise awareness about the issue of accessibility and the team created a petition to make beaches accessible to differently abled.
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