ParaPerks is developing an app that allows users of all walks of life to review the accessibility of public venues and establishments via a peer to peer review based application. This information is vital for people with mobility impairments to be able to plan a day with minimal stress and inconvenience. The aim is also to make people who don’t have mobility impairments more aware of their fellow humans who struggle with something that most of us take for granted.
ParaPerks LLC. was founded in the year 2015. In 2008, At the age of 14, CEO and Founder Brandon Winfield was injured in a motocross accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. These young teen years are a very important period on the path to adulthood. Brandon was faced with the decision to either let this dramatic incident slow him down and stop him from living the life he wanted to live or to take this setback and turn it into a set-up for an opportunity to triumph in the face of tragedy. Take everything in stride and continue living life to your best ability. Brandon chose the latter. He continued his love for racing in the form of 4 wheels. He entered sprint kart racing and won numerous events. He continued to travel the country with his best friends, spending time in Southern California, Vegas, Miami, Tampa, Orlando and numerous other locations. While on his adventures he started to realize that most places he visited were up to ADA code (Americans with Disabilities Act) but numerous establishments were grandfathered in and were never forced to retro-fit to accommodate the mobility impaired.
It was these experiences that sparked the idea for a mobile application that would allow people with mobility impairments to rate & review the ease of accessibility and post photos of venues such as restaurants, lounges, clubs and bars that they were visiting. Creating this community of people in similar situations, would give others an idea of what types of inconveniences they may face before committing to visit a certain establishment. Having this information available at your finger tips not only allows for the mobility impaired to navigate a stress free, relaxing night with their friends or significant other but it also can help the acquaintances of the mobility impaired be more cognizant of their fellows and plan their events and celebrations in places that are extremely accommodating for all.