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Airbnb launches inclusive virtual experiences for neurodiverse guests

Airbnb is working on making virtual travela> more inclusive. < company recently announced that it has 12 new online experiences on its platform that are designed to be inclusivea> of neurodiverse guests, whose brains “function, process and learn information” differently than neurotypical guests, Airbnb described.<

“Over the last year, the isolation and disruptions to regular routines caused by the infectious-disease has impacted many members of the neurodiverse community,” Airbnb said in its announcement.

Airbnb recently announced it has 12 new virtual experiences, specifically designed with neurodiverse guests in mind. (iStock)

Airbnb recently announced it has 12 new virtual experiences, specifically designed with neurodiverse guests in mind. (iStock)

That’s why the company decided to highlight the virtual experiences, which “provide a way to learn new skillsa>, connect with others and travel the world from home,” the company said.< 

Airbnb is giving guests $15 off their first booking of an “Inclusive Exploration” online experience through May 1, the announcement said.

Airbnb’s "Inclusive Exploration" events include a skateboarding lesson and an immersive painting class, both in Los Angeles. (iStock)

Airbnb’s "Inclusive Exploration" events include a skateboarding lesson and an immersive painting class, both in Los Angeles. (iStock)

The company is also giving out coupon codes to organizations that support the neurodiverse community including SeeAbility, The Tower Project, The Institute for Effective Education and Disability Sports Coach.

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In a statement, Scott Watkin, SeeAbility’s head of engagement said he often hears about how isolating the pandemic has been for “people with lived experience of disabilities.”

“I welcome this new initiative and am delighted that a more accessible online world is now available for the thousands of people with disabilities through Airbnb’s global community,” Watkins said. “This is a great example of inclusion and I hope that with Airbnb and SeeAbility continuing to work together, we can create even more opportunities for people to participate and contribute around the world.”

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