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 ACT 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, a Hands Across Canberra project grant and a Snow Foundation 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 entrepreneurial 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.
Fast forward to the 2019, the team have continued to build relationships with local communities and they have recently won Microsoft AI for accessibility challenge