Four College of Charleston students have founded a rating and review startup, similar to Yelp, for those with disabilities and sensory triggers here in Charleston. The company, SAFE-ROAM, was developed by Noah Futch, Madison Gardner, Nicole Nelson, and Tyler Smithhart in the Impact X Startup Accelerator Program at the College.
According to the students, 61 million American adults are living with a limiting disability or sensitivity that prevents them from being confident of the environment they are walking into when eating at a restaurant, shopping at a store, or staying at a hotel. For parents or caregivers of those with disabilities or sensory triggers, it can be extremely difficult to plan where to eat, shop, or go when there are unfamiliar environments. The students created SAFE-ROAM in an attempt to help relieve this stress. They say the platform will display the mobility, accessibility, noise levels, and lighting of local businesses. Along with these features, users will also be able to leave reviews for others to read.
The students are currently developing a mobile app, but they have already launched a weekly newsletter that you can sign-up for here.
To learn more, head to www.safe-roam.com.