ABOUT US

Getaboutable.com is an Australian based social enterprise that aims to give people with disabilities the confidence to get out and about.

We empower the 20% of the population with mobility, vision, hearing and other assistance needs, their families, friends and supporters to find and share information about accessible travel and leisure activities around the world.

Getaboutable.com offers a unique platform to promote inclusive businesses around the globe while encouraging and supporting them to tap into the  ‘Purple Dollar’. It is a powerful and useful tool to connect the inclusive travel and leisure sector with increasing demand from people with disabilities who don’t know what is accessible in any given location, not to mention how to organise it.

About us 

Getaboutable.com is an Australian based social enterprise that aims to give people with disabilities the confidence to get out and about.

We empower the 20% of the population with mobility, vision, hearing and other assistance needs, their families, friends and supporters to find and share information about accessible travel and leisure activities around the world.

Getaboutable.com offers a unique platform to promote inclusive businesses around the globe while encouraging and supporting them to tap into the  ‘Purple Dollar’. It is a powerful and useful tool to connect the inclusive travel and leisure sector with increasing demand from people with disabilities who don’t know what is accessible in any given location, not to mention how to organise it.

Our Story

Getaboutable’s Founder, Dr Yasmine Gray, has always been passionate about travel and adventure but has found it challenging to enjoy new experiences as she has become less mobile over the years due to multiple sclerosis. The idea for the website started in 2008, as Yasmine and a friend were discussing their frustrations in trying to find information about accessible leisure activities and travel destinations. This led her to create getaboutable.com which launched in February 2016.

In 2017, Yasmine joined The Mill House, a social enterprise accelerator, working side-by-side with other social ventures to challenge and support each other in their mutual aims of sustainable and scalable social change. Yasmine quickly realised that in order for getaboutable.com to be sustainable, she would need to recruit board members and additional resources to the team. The getaboutable.com vision was also recognised with a 2017 Chief Minister’s Inclusion Award for Innovation in Design.

2018 has been a busy year for getaboutable.com. The first half of the year saw us be recognised with a City Renewal Authority City Grant, a YWCA Canberra Great Ydeas Grant, and a Hands Across Canberra project grant. These grants have allowed us to embark on the Accessible Canberra project, which encourages businesses and other travel and leisure destinations in the ACT to be more accessible and give people with a disability the confidence to get out and about in the community by increasing accessibility information.

Then in July, Yasmine pitched at a Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN) event seeking investors or technical partners. It just happened to be her lucky night as Andrew Vassili and Steven Diep, Co-Founders of Simplfi (a Canberra-based digital consultancy) were also attending and looking to be part of projects where they could use their technical expertise to contribute to society and a great cause. This led Andrew and Steven to join getaboutable as technical co-founders and board members. Together the team have been working hard to improve getaboutable.com to create a better user experience.

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“The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.”

Arthur C. Clarke