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Company Corner: Sociability
At Patchwork Hub we’re driven by our mission to create a more accessible and inclusive world for all. As such, we’re also passionate about sharing the work of value-aligned organisations that share our vision. Continuing our Company Corner series, we recently caught up with Gem Turner - one of our previous Patchworker Spotlight stars - at Sociability. Sociability is an award-winning app that helps disabled people to find accessible places and the peace of mind to explore the world around them.
What is Sociability?
Sociability is an app that helps disabled people to find accessible places and the peace of mind to explore the world around them. We’re changing the way the world thinks about accessibility and making the world a more sociable place for all.
Sociability’s mission and main aims as an organisation
We’re on a mission to organise all the world’s accessibility information and to use it to remove barriers for disabled people everywhere.
At Sociability, we believe that knowledge is power in an inaccessible world. By giving disabled people detailed, accurate and reliable accessibility information in advance, we know that we can empower more disabled people to go out and about and do the things they want to in society with greater confidence and peace of mind.
We’re a disabled-led company, full of disabled team members – so we know the challenges that disabled people face first-hand. Indeed, Sociability was born out of the lived experience of our founder, Matt – a wheelchair user himself – and his struggles to find accessible places as an international student in the UK.
Today, Sociability seeks to empower disabled people everywhere to find the places that suit them – whilst also building a fun and supportive community of disabled people too!
Why are accessibility and disability inclusion important to your company?
Accessibility and disability inclusion are central to everything we do at Sociability because we are a disabled-led company full of disabled people. We believe that disabled people are talented, passionate and driven – but know that they often need things tweaked here and there to allow them to fully demonstrate this and perform to the best of their ability.
At Sociability, we’re on a mission to change how people think about accessibility and disability inclusion – in particular, to change these from nice-to-haves into must-haves for any successful and thriving organisation. By working closely with both disabled people (our users) and businesses (our clients), we’re helping to break down stereotypes, build better communication and drive sustainable change for all.
What do you think is the biggest challenge your industry will face in the next 5 years?
Ultimately, everything hinges on awareness. At the heart of our industry is the understanding that disabled people deserve to be able to access the world around them with greater ease, and that they want to do the things that non-disabled people do all the time. Unfortunately, today, this is still not a widely held or accepted belief – although it is rapidly changing.
The greatest challenge we’ll face over the coming years is to continue to push this message to more and more people so that, one day, we’re no longer asking for change – it is expected.
Do you have any tips/advice on how to create a more inclusive working environment?
At Sociability, the most important thing we do is listen. At the end of the day, our job is to listen to our users so that we can build the most impactful product we can. Similarly, within our team, it’s equally important to listen to feedback and to learn how we can better improve our working environment, processes and systems to be as accessible and inclusive for all.
What have you found most helpful in the progression of your company?
As a small but growing company, it’s been really important to find talented and passionate team members to help drive our work forward and push our reach and impact to greater heights. This is by far the most important part of our success to date and we’re excited to continue to grow and find others who want to join the mission and help change the world.
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Final words from Sociability
If you’re interested in what we’re building or would like to get in touch, reach out to us via email ([email protected]) or socials and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Separately, feel free to join any of our upcoming Mapping Days – it’s a great way to meet the Team and others in our growing user community!
Want to find out more about Sociability? Check out the links below:
Published: 20th July 2023
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