Driving Change on the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities

On the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we thought we’d take a moment to explore what can be done to make life for disabled people easier. While access to appropriate health care and support throughout life are the cornerstones of independent living, it is also vital that all disabled people are able to access the everyday services that most people take for granted. Without access to these services, true equality can never be achieved and many disabled people will not be able to live the sort of life, or have the sort of independence that they want and deserve in 21st century Britain.

IDPwDThe fact that most people take getting into their car, filling up their tank and heading out to the local shops for granted, shows how ridiculous it is that many disabled people are still unable to access these simple services. At Assist-Mi we think this simply isn’t good enough, and we are determined to change things so that disabled people will soon be able to take these things for granted, just like everyone else.

The Assist-Mi app is designed to help make these simple, everyday acts, such as filling up your car at the petrol station, much more accessible. By simply opening the app on your smart phone, entering your car registration and blue badge information, and searching for petrol stations in your area that have signed up to our scheme, you’ll be able to inform the petrol station of your imminent arrival and get help at the pump, without having to go and seek it out. With some petrol station shops also inaccessible, this will make filling up your car a much smoother process, and means that you may be able to travel alone, without the help of a personal assistant. You’ll also be able to pay the petrol station attendant directly for your purchases, so you won’t even have to get out of the car. It is these sort of simple, everyday changes that can make a real difference and help to break down some of the barriers that disabled people face on a day-to-day basis.

So why not get in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook today and let us know what commercial services you’d like to see change on the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities?