The idea for Inclusion Solutions began with a friendship. In 2000, Patrick Hughes, our founder, met a woman named Sandra who used a wheelchair and was unable to talk. She had a simple wish: to eat where he ate, to buy gas where he bought gas, to make deposits in the bank he used. She could pay for everything…she simply could not get in to everywhere. The vision of access for all was born.
The company started with a single product, the BigBell™ Alert System, a wireless door access system. It was designed specifically to comply with the ADA requirements for buildings whose entrances do not allow for accessibility considerations. This simple device provides accessibility at a low cost when physical barrier removal (steps, for example) is not feasible.
Two years after Inclusion Solutions was founded, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requiring election jurisdictions to improve polling place accessibility. Inclusion Solutions was at the forefront in addressing these sweeping reforms, becoming a trusted advisor to election officials nationwide.
Today, we are committed to continuing our work to develop innovative products and be the market leader in accessibility. We envision a world where getting into a store, buying gas, entering an apartment or office, and voting are easily accessible to all.