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Access to the World: Hotels

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Episode description: 

This next episode in our "Access to the World" series focuses on hotel accommodations for individuals with disabilities. accessibleGO is a travel website, specializing in accommodations for disabled travelers. During this conversation we discuss the challenges involved in making travel arrangements for those with special accessibility needs and how accessibleGo is helping to solve the problem to make travel easier for individuals with disabilities. Because we like to focus on solutions around here, we are also talking about how to best advocate for better accommodations, and how individuals can set themselves up for success when planning a trip.

Guests: 
Miriam Eljas
Miriam Eljas

Miriam Eljas is the Co-Founder & CEO, accessibleGO. She is a serial entrepreneur who founded and exited a media company in NYC.

Miriam left her managerial role in business development at a OurCrowd, a leading equity crowdfunding platform, to start accessibleGO, an award-winning travel site for people with disabilities offering bookings, reviews and community.

accessibleGO won the booking.com regional competition for startups with a social impact and has appeared in AARP, New Mobility Magazine and Travel & Leisure. Miriam has also served as a mentor for new companies at several entrepreneurship programs.

Miriam was inspired to launch accessibleGO because of her mother Emma Eljas, a wheelchair user who had Multiple Sclerosis.

Mindy Henderson
Mindy Henderson

Mindy Henderson is the Editor-in-Chief of MDA's Quest family of content and the host of this podcast. She was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, type 2 when she was 15 months old and has been a life-long partner to MDA. Mindy is also a motivational speaker and a writer, with her first book set to hit book stores in Fall of 2022.