Easy order hacks access to social life
Being excluded and feeling like you don’t belong, is one of the worst things that can happen to human beings. We are social creatures. We thrive when we feel accepted. When we are seen for what is on the inside; not just for what we present to the world via our external selves.
This fact of human nature is the foundation upon which Hack Access has been built upon. This community of access hackers came to be because of its founder, Janice Valentine’s experience seeing what happened when her brother Steven was bound to his wheelchair due to the progression of muscular dystrophy.
The Valentines were and still are a family who likes to party. Socializing in bars and restaurants is what they like to do together. But their options as a family were limited. So they returned to the same places again and again.
When Steven went out alone with his friends, some of whom were also wheelchair users, it was even harder. The choices of where they could go were extremely limited. He felt extremely frustrated when he was prevented from enjoying himself without hassle purely on the grounds of being a wheelchair user.
In 2018’s hackathon Easy Order came up with a solution that involved collating precise information about the accessibility of bars and restaurants in an App they called Easy Order.
Customers would be allowed to book a table before arriving, and/or to order via the app directly from the table. The pub/restaurant would be able to upload the menu onto the app and it would be available in pictures, writing and spoken word and translated into different languages.
This app had multiple uses including being useful to tourists who could access translated menus as well as people with physical or sensory disabilities.