Airbnb’s new filters make travelling easier for people with disabilities. These improved search filters are set to roll out with a slew of service changes, but this focus on accessibility seems to be the biggest amendment. These new features allow users to search for wheelchair accessible listing that can also include including step-free entry to rooms, entryways that are wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair, accessible-height bed and a bathtubs with a shower chair.
Airbnb’s new filters follow the company’s acquisition of London-based Accomabl, a startup aimed at helping people with disabilities find places to stay while travelling. Airbnb also worked closely with various groups to design these filter options. Airbnb has stated that it will closely monitor the new filters to ensure that listings are accurate and the filters are actually useful. The company hopes that user feedback will allow for expansions and refinement of these new filters.