Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

AbleRoad: AbleRoad Is a Website and Free App That Allows People with Disabilities, Their Families, Friends and Caregivers to Review Any Public Space or Business-And Rate It for Access for People with Mobility, Vision, Hearing or Cognitive Disabilities

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

AbleRoad: AbleRoad Is a Website and Free App That Allows People with Disabilities, Their Families, Friends and Caregivers to Review Any Public Space or Business-And Rate It for Access for People with Mobility, Vision, Hearing or Cognitive Disabilities

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As all parents of children with disabilities know, finding accessible places can be a difficult task. Kevin G. McGuire, CEO of AbleRoad, is making it his mission to help people with disabilities (PWD), their families, friends and care-givers find accessible places throughout the world.

AbleRoad, McGuire's latest venture, is a website and app that allows anyone to review any business, venue or other public space and rate it for accessibility. He is hopeful that AbleRoad will help many people to easily find accessible places, and also will help businesses make changes to improve their accessibility.

In 1968, when he was seven years old, Kevin McGuire was playing baseball in a neighbor's front yard in Newburgh, New York. An intoxicated driver swerved off the road and struck McGuire, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down and forcing him to use a wheelchair. After the accident, his parents were told that remaining in the public school system would be difficult for Kevin because the school was not Adequately equipped to care for a student with a physical disability like his. This was long before the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 would mandate accessibility in schools, but Kevin's parents worked closely with school officials and eventually found ways for Kevin to stay.

McGuire went on to graduate from Boston University and the Georgetown University Law Center, and in 1992 formed McGuire Associates, now one of the nation's top firms specializing in

Compliance with state and federal disability laws. As one of the leading experts on improving accessibility for PWDs, McGuire travels all over the country and consults with well-known clients like the New England Patriots, Live Nation concert venues, the Los Angeles Lakers and the White House Visitor Center.

But it was while working with Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, to use technology to assist PWDs at Allen's EMP Museum in Seattle that McGuire got the idea for AbleRoad, a website and free app that allows people with disabilities, their families, friends and caregivers to review any public space or business, and rate it for access for people with mobility, vision, hearing or cognitive disabilities. …

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