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Accessology

Submitted by: Kristy Avalos
Business Website: http://www.accessology.com
State: Texas
City: McKinney

Business Description

We work with municipalities/counties, universities, schools and other businesses to help them understand their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

What one unique aspect of your business will make you succeed over the next year?

Every building in America has to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Every program offered by every city, town, county, state agency has to comply. Every job description has to be written to help a person disqualify themselves. All of this is required to be brought together in a document called an "ADA Transition Plan" so that agencies have a blueprint to follow to get their communities in compliance so the services they provide are equally provided to everyone. Most agencies don't know how to do this. It's daunting. There's a lot to understand. There's a lot to do. Accessology is unique because we've made a business out of helping agencies comply with this important but complicated issue. We’ve broken it down to a science to help agencies review their buildings, parks, sidewalks/intersections, programs, policies and practices to ensure they are not discriminating against anyone. More importantly, they have been floundering on what to do for the past 26 years and welcome the opportunity to get some help with these all-encompassing federal regulations. This opens doors for those living with mobility impairments, sensory impairments, cognitive impairments as well as their families and caregivers and the ever increasing aging population who need access more and more. Above, you see the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium. We were the access consultants for the stadium and when Dallas hosted the US Access Board, we brought them there for an outing of a lifetime.

How does your business make a positive impact on the community?

We help communities open their doors for everyone. For instance, many city libraries have a policy that says a person must have a drivers license to check out a book. Many people with disabilities don't drive. By simply adding the words "or other government issued I.D." to their policy, they've just included a whole new sector of people. Some things are that simple. Reviewing a building, sidewalk or intersection is a bit more complex, but has to be done. We break it down in manageable chunks and can even do the data collection for them.

What would you do with a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card, training, and help from a SCORE mentor to grow your business?

Well the gift card would most likely go to tablets. We have developed a software program to collect data on buildings in the field using a tablet. We need more tablet so we can get more people in the field simultaneously. For instance, one of our clients just hired us to look at 56 of their parks. With 4 tablets, it will take several months. With a few more we can cut the data collection time down and provide a much faster report for our clients. As for the SCORE Mentor, our biggest issue is cash flow. Although we have some great contracts, payment sometimes comes slowly. We need help figuring that piece out.
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