This Sunday is the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which broke down barriers for millions of Americans with its passage. The signing of this landmark piece of civil rights legislation marked the beginning of improved access, inclusion and rights for the disability community.
Six years ago, Booster Fuels started to reinvent the way energy is delivered, beginning with the more than 100-year old fuel delivery supply chain. One of the most immediate benefits of centering the supply chain around the customer is making fuel not only more convenient, but truly accessible to those living with a disability.
Every day, many of the 15 million+ drivers with disabilities still have trouble getting gas at traditional fuel stations. The ADA required all service stations to provide refueling assistance upon request, but for people living with disabilities, this seemingly simple task can be a difficult, demeaning and frustrating chore.
Booster provides a gas station on wheels solution where no one ever needs to ask for help to get fuel. Mobile fueling on-demand (MFOD) is growing rapidly, in part because of the freedom it offers people with disabilities. The contactless service gives people the ability to get fuel with a tap of an app on their mobile phone.
“The service is easy to use and saves me time & stress. Great idea for someone like me who has some movement disability. Thank you!!!” - Eve
Additionally, MFOD affords people with chronic illnesses and the elderly added protection during disease outbreak. 71% of gas pump handles have high levels of contaminants. The ability to skip the pump and use MFOD provides a healthier, more streamlined, economical, and environmentally safe option for fueling.
On this anniversary, we want to celebrate the accomplishments made possible by the ADA over the past 30 years. Because of the ADA, people can use readily accessible wheelchair accommodations, find signs in Braille, turn on closed captioning and so much more. However, there is still more to do.
We’ve partnered with United Spinal Association, the largest non-profit organization representing people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders, to raise awareness of what companies can do to be more accessible for people with disabilities. There are six questions in United Spinal Association’s Roll On 30 Corporate Challenge to ask within your organization to see if you are creating an inclusive workplace. Need inspiration? View Coca-Cola’s corporate challenge video, and then submit your own.
Thanks to everyone who advocates on behalf of those with disabilities. Congratulations on how far you’ve come. We’re excited to see the next 30 years of achievements.