Consumer review site takes aim at adaptive products

ByDonald L. Leech

Feb 8, 2022

The Review website introduces a new section focused on accessibility. (Tara Jacoby/Review)

A website known for its reviews of everyday items like televisions, mattresses and vacuum cleaners is launching a new section dedicated to reviewing products aimed at making life easier for people with disabilities.

Reviewed, USA Today’s consumer product review website, recently launched an accessibility category featuring “detailed product information for adaptive products, assistive technology, and accessible design for people with disabilities. and their caregivers.

Those behind Reviewed say they’re looking to fill a need for people with disabilities who often have to rely on word of mouth to review various assistive devices.

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“We’re seeing more brands than ever looking to break into the accessibility category and we expect this year to be full of products aimed at a wide range of consumers with disabilities,” said David Kender, editor-in-chief of Reviewed. “Here at Reviewed, we look forward to serving this community with our extensive accessibility coverage and hope it inspires others.”

Reviewed says it uses a science-based approach to testing products in the lab and under real-world conditions.

Already, the site has written about sensory clothing for kids, an adaptive spoon, a collapsible wheelchair, a pill dispenser and more as part of its new accessibility category.

“I’m proud to see Reviewed recognize the need to provide increased coverage around accessibility products, filling a void that I and other consumers with disabilities have always felt exists,” said Sarah Kovac, who has dexterity issues. due to arthrogryposis and is Revu’s Accessibility Editor. “A good accessibility product can be the difference between independence and relying on others to survive. I experienced it, as did my team contributors, which instills a collective passion that drives our coverage and hopefully emboldens our community members.