brettapproved.com - travel confidently!

Help us build an accessibility-focused review, rating & booking site, so people with disabilities can travel confidently, locally or around the world.
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Travis Mccleery
Technology
Phoenix, Arizona
United States
5 Team Members

brettapproved: A travel website for people with disabilities

 

There are dozens of great travel sites but what if you move in a wheelchair? Where can travelers with disabilities get the information they need?

My name is Brett Heising. After years of traveling for business and pleasure, I got tired of not being able to easily stay in a hotel room with a roll-in shower. Finally, during a business trip to San Francisco, I decided to do something about it.

With the encouragement and support of friends, I left a successful communications career and started building brettapproved.com — a site that will enable people with physical challenges to find accessible hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues.

 

Why it’s needed

 

As I’ve shared my vision for brettapproved, people have shared their personal stories with me:

 

  • A friend, who also lives life on wheels, discovered she had to share a room with complete strangers during a recent trip because it was the only room with an accessible bathroom.
  • Another woman, able-bodied most of her life who now uses a motorized wheelchair, shared how she just wanted to find a coffee shop with an automatic door so she could once again enjoy a cup of coffee, alone with her thoughts.
  • Others have shared how discouraging it is to plan a night out with friends only to discover the restaurant has high-top tables and no place for them to sit. 

 

Hearing these stories has motivated me — and the whole brettapproved team — to work even harder to make this site a reality.

 

Two ways you can help

 

1) Become part of our community.

Like us on Facebook, and be sure to visit the brettapproved.com splash page and look for the dark blue box on the center of the page. In the blue box, you’ll enter your email address and answer our travel question.  It’s that simple.

We’re forming a community of people who will travel and share their photos and reviews of the best venues. We need people to review restaurants, bars, hotels, ballparks and everything in between. In short, we need EVERYONE who believes that your body is just a cradle for your mind. We're focused on sharing places that are GREAT, not those that aren’t. 

We hope you'll join us in building and in filling the site with reviews and stories of wonderful places and great trips you've taken, whether around town or around the world. 

 

2) Consider a donation.

My supporters and I are on a mission to shatter stereotypes. It's high time we had a place where we can find and book the best accessible accommodations and enjoy events and experiences without worrying if they'll meet our needs.

To launch brettapproved, I’m raising $500,000 to pay for:

  • website and mobile app development
  • a booking engine
  • the type of marketing and social media that will help us be taken seriously by major travel, dining and entertainment brands
  • and of course, travel. We’ll need to rate and reviews tons of places to get this project off the ground.

Let’s DO this!

 

A look at the brettapproved team

brettapproved founder Brett Heising and his dog Woodrow 

I’ve got a team of technologists, entrepreneurs, and CEOs who think I’m on the right track and have pledged to serve on my Boards of Directors and Advisors to make sure this business takes off and makes the huge worldwide impact we all think it can. 

I am married to the most amazing and beautiful woman in the world, Claudia Provencio. Without her, I’m nothing but a bag of wind in a chair.

And while I’ve got you all still here (I’m so grateful that you’ve read all the way to the end - you’re awesome!) I’d like to thank Micha Sedmak for all of his work and heavy lifting on the amazing video. I’d also like to thank my main man Travis J. McCleery for his friendship and killer art direction. Anna F. Miller, a great friend and filmmaker, Gillian Muessig for her help in turning the idea of brettapproved into a business reality, and all my mentors and supporters! 

Thanks for watching and reading. And thanks in advance for your support. If you’re hooked on this idea too, I believe with all my heart …

 

We can DO this!

 

 

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$10,000USD
raised by 62 people in 2 months
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$500,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on June 2, 2013
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  • $10USD
    downloadable badges

    Show people you don’t believe in stereotypes and you DO believe in building brettapproved.com. Download cool brettapproved badges in two sizes: * Print out stickers and stick 'em everywhere * Save it as your desktop wallpaper * Add them to your social profiles * Customize your email signature Send us your great ideas on how to use brettapproved badges — we'll share your ideas with the community. Thanks for helping us build brettapproved.com!

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  • $50USD
    brettapproved silicon bracelet

    Hit the road in style with a bright orange brettapproved silicon bracelet. Why an orange bracelet? Its low cost to make and ship, enables us to use your donation to build the site and support our community of users. And being bright orange, it's pretty much guaranteed to go with nothing (or everything) in your closet (send us your photos!). And please download the badge and spread the news to everyone you know! Thanks for helping us build brettapproved.com!

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  • $100USD
    brettapproved t-shirt

    Sport a t-shirt that shows the world brettapproved is going to revolutionize travel. Of course, we'll send you a bracelet to complete the outfit. And please download the badge and slap it everywhere you can think of. We're counting on you to spread the word. We need reviewers, donors and social media mavens to help us get the word out — travel is for everyone. *We can ship anywhere in the US without cost to you. Sorry, international shipping will cost a bit extra.

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  • $500USD
    founding supporter

    Be listed in perpetuity as a founding sponsor — you, your team or your organization. We’ll even link to your website if you’ve got one. And we'll send you up to five t-shirts and up to 20 bracelets. You can order more t-shirts for your team at $30 a pop including shipping anywhere in the world. Of course, we hope you'll download the badge, add it to your website, social media pages, print it on stickers and plaster it all over your space. Thanks for helping us build brettapproved.com!

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  • $2,500USD
    Meet Brett & Woodrow too!

    Nab a video conference with brettapproved founder, Brett Heising. See the office where it all started and meet Woodrow, trusted mascot of brettapproved. Or come to Phoenix and meet the team in person. You’ll also get up to 10 bracelets and t-shirts and a listing on our Founding Supporters' hall of fame. Don't forget to download our badge and spread the news — brettapproved is on the way!

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    One year of display ad space

    Lock in a full year’s ad slot on the appropriate section page of brettapproved.com. Ad space can be used for your personal or corporate message (pre-approved by us, of course). How can you use this space? • Send a message to a loved one • Advertise your goods or services • A memoriam that enriches lives • Wonderful gift for special occasions For this level support, feel free to connect with brett@brettapproved.com for specifics. We'll help you make it perfect.

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