Airbnb added new filters to its platform to help people with disabilities find accommodation more easily.
The total of 21 new filters allows people to specify searches for stepless entry to the rooms, wide entrances for wheelchairs, elevators, showers that can accommodate wheelchairs, ramps and more.
Previously, Airbnb users could only filter accessible listings for wheelchairs, but not specific features for people with disabilities within a home. Airbnb writes today in a blog post that previously available filters "did not always meet the individual needs of travelers."
A study last year found that hosts were more likely to reject guests with disabilities
Airbnb will follow up to make sure that the new filtered results will be useful and accurate, and the company can expand the filters to be even more specific.
There have been many reports about Airbnb hosts that discriminate and reject guests based on race, gender, age or disability. As a study by Rutgers researchers revealed last June, when potential guests asked a host if they could accommodate someone with a disability, the host was more likely to reject them. The new filters should, in theory, help users find some of the answers to the accommodation questions, without having to go around asking each host on their own.