Able Eyes, a Mason-based business, offers people a virtual look at sites

MASON — Five years after a local woman started an online company that offers virtual tours of restaurants, entertainment venues and other public spaces, her business, Able Eyes, now offers an inside look at nearly 1,000 locations across the country.

Meegan Winters, a former special education teacher and administrator, co-founded the website — aimed at giving people with disabilities a chance to explore spaces before visiting — in 2017 with Brian Town by reaching out to businesses, organizations and Lansing area destinations.

Today, Able Eyes offers 360-degree virtual tours of locations in all 50 states and the United Kingdom. Among the virtual tours are nearly 100 locations in the Lansing area, including buildings on the Michigan State University campus, local libraries, hotels, restaurants, cafes and museums.

Users can move through them virtually at their own pace, and they have access to a tool inside each tour that measures doorways and spaces, allowing wheelchair users and others with mobility issues to determine whether they will be able to navigate. in location.

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