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Accessible Travel Review Website

$500 of $500 goal

Raised by 10 people in 52 months
Rochelle Richardson Garwood  BARBOURSVILLE, VA
Traveling with a disability can be tricky! My daughter uses a wheelchair, and we've found that information about accessibility on the web or in print can be difficult to find, and the people on the other end of the phone not always knowledgeable. Who better to provide information about accessibility than other travelers with disabilities? This website would allow people with disabilities and their families to rate locations on both the quality of the attraction, lodging, restaurant, etc. and how easy it was for them to get around. $300 would provide for funding for a good-quality script to handle the reviews and web hosting for a year; I put an additional $200 in the goal in hopes of covering some child care so I could finish the site more quickly. The script I'm currently thinking of is JReviews, with the GeoMaps add-on. Using a script such as this should minimize the amount of time I need to spend tweaking, important as the mom of a special-needs 11-year-old and a 3-year-old. :-)

About me: I'm currently a stay-at-home-mom to my 3-year-old, but in a previous life, I worked as an environmental planner. During the course of that job, I created (and maintained for some years) the website of the agency I worked for. As a volunteer, I also helped create and maintain the website of a local non-profit. As the mom of an 11-year-old with cerebral palsy who loves to travel (both the 11-year-old and the mom :-) ), I've often wished for a website like the one I'm proposing. Since no one else seems to have done it, I'm going to.
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Update 4
Posted by Rochelle Richardson Garwood
40 months ago
Oh my gosh, folks...thanks to two very generous recent donations, I made my goal of $500! I guess that makes this a GoFundMe success story - I got the funding and completed the project - just not in that order. :-D I'm over the moon! Now I just need reviews, and to get the project out to everyone who could use it!
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Update 3
Posted by Rochelle Richardson Garwood
41 months ago
I keep thinking I should update this, but this is the first time I've had that thought when I was at the computer! Anyway, the website officially launched ten days ago - although I didn't reach my fundraising goal, I received enough that I was able to fund the rest myself. You can find it at http://www.accessibletravelreviews.com . Spread the word - now what I need most are reviews!
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Update 2
Posted by Rochelle Richardson Garwood
52 months ago
Well, dang...I got off to a great start, but nothing's happened since Saturday. I know several of my friends have posted this on their walls, and thank you for that! Doesn't seem like the kindness of strangers is working out so much, though...
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Update 1
Posted by Rochelle Richardson Garwood
52 months ago
Wow, guys...thanks...I'm already up to $95! Five dollars more and GoFundMe will list me in their public directory. :-)
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Arnold J Gillam Jr.
12 months ago

You should contact your local county boards for disabilities and ask them to help! Many have parent and provider meetings where you can speak about your idea and ask for assistance. In settings like these you can find feedback on other disabilities as well (regarding traveling).

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Rochelle Garwood
52 months ago

Not sure why I didn't see this sooner. That's great that Rick Steves has written a book about traveling with disabilities! (As near as I can tell from Amazon, it's one book, about Europe.) When we finally travel to Europe, I'll be sure to buy a copy. Meanwhile, I know *I* could use some advice on less-exotic destinations. And if you don't know why I need money, you weren't paying much attention.

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Alexis Devan
52 months ago

Why do you need money to start this? Also, Rick Steves already creates entire books about traveling with disabilities.

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$500 of $500 goal

Raised by 10 people in 52 months
Created August 03, 2012
Rochelle Richardson Garwood  
$10
Anonymous
52 months ago
$10
Jerome Heuze
50 months ago

Wonderful idea - I am a web developer and let me know how i can help when you get setup - I pledge pro bono work on your project! :)

TF
$20
The LeRoy family
52 months ago

This is a wonderful idea and I'm sure m any people will benefit from it!

MD
$20
Mary Anna Dunn
52 months ago
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$25
More of your friends inside the computer ;-P
52 months ago

Go Rochelle!!

$25
Anonymous
52 months ago
LW
$50
Lauren & Julian Wynn
52 months ago

I hope this is wildly successful, Rochelle!

$90
Anonymous
40 months ago
SG
$100
Steve Garwood
52 months ago

Great idea!

SG
$150
Steve Garwood
41 months ago
Arnold J Gillam Jr.
12 months ago

You should contact your local county boards for disabilities and ask them to help! Many have parent and provider meetings where you can speak about your idea and ask for assistance. In settings like these you can find feedback on other disabilities as well (regarding traveling).

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Rochelle Garwood
52 months ago

Not sure why I didn't see this sooner. That's great that Rick Steves has written a book about traveling with disabilities! (As near as I can tell from Amazon, it's one book, about Europe.) When we finally travel to Europe, I'll be sure to buy a copy. Meanwhile, I know *I* could use some advice on less-exotic destinations. And if you don't know why I need money, you weren't paying much attention.

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Alexis Devan
52 months ago

Why do you need money to start this? Also, Rick Steves already creates entire books about traveling with disabilities.

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