Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Hugo Vilela, 33-year-old entrepreneur, born in the city of Porto, suffers from muscular dystrophy, admits that his condition worked as a “lever” for the project. Hugo lost his mobility gradually since 2000, then “fully independent”, passing through the period in which he used the aid of a crutch (2003), until he had to use a manual wheelchair (2007), and finally, an electric wheelchair (2011). The same person, different needs. “The city has remained the same… my challenges increased”, says Hugo.
Places4All System provide information about accessibility conditions in order to facilitate decisions about places that gives him autonomy and also promotes environment improvements, promoting and recognizing the most inclusive places.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
The Places4All network have are already 52 places that were assessed by Places4all professionalsm including motorways service areas across the country and "Iconic sites" like the new Cruise Terminal of the Port of Leixões, the National Theatre of St. John, the Lisbon Oceanarium and the Museum of Electricity.
The mindset change towards disability is a reality, expressed in the willingness of current partners to "ensure full accessibility" and in the fact that are being built spaces "that will be born 100% Places4all", he emphasizes. The Lisbon Oceanarium and the store Me Allegro in Porto, have made continuous improvement to achieve the status of fully inclusive places.
There is the interest of some municipalities in order to implement this system in the city, like Porto Town Hall.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
The scaling strategy is based on create new business opportunities not only for professionals but also for people with disability through a franchising in order to create new auditors teams in every region of the world, implementing the Places4All System. In the other hand, we promote the creation of users communities in order to identify potential places with the system and make an evaluation based on their autonomy on that place.
The second big goal is to decentralize information about accessibility, "so that is another deciding factor". being a universal system.