Steps, beds that are either too high or too low, doors that are too narrow, and lack of accessible bathrooms are just some of the difficulties that come into play when trying to book a wheelchair accessible hotel room or vacation rental. Srin Madipalli, a former London lawyer with spinal muscular atrophy, is hoping to change that as the co-founder and CEO of Accomable, a new booking platform that helps anyone with a physical disability find and book accessible vacation rentals.
“I’ve always loved to travel but found the logistics of planning a trip with a wheelchair incredibly difficult,” Madipalli says. “I’d often arrive at an accommodation that was advertised as accessible only to find steps to the front door!”
Leaving his job as a lawyer, Madipalli earned an MBA at Oxford University and learned coding in order to build the prototype for Accomable. Although it initially started as a United Kingdom and European company, Accomable is now making a big move to the U.S., with a gro