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Proactive solutions... not reactive responses - this approach to problem solving has guided Kevin McGuire's consulting and training work over the past ten years. The challenges of assisting corporations and institutions in meeting the standards prescribed by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 have required this kind of savvy, creative and knowledgeable approach.
For over two decades, McGuire Associates, Inc. has become an acknowledged leader in this field. Working side by side with corporations, architects and planners, citizens with disabilities and government officials, the firm has assisted organizational and community stakeholders in anticipating barriers to accessibility and designing creative and cost-effective responses.
From stadiums to arenas, museums to libraries, public venues across the United Sates have realized the sweeping ramifications of the ADA and enlisted the services of McGuire Associates, Inc. to assist them in "doing the right thing" in response to access issues.
McGuire Associates, Inc. delivers this type of quality consulting and training by providing a broad range of services, including:
- policy development
- organizational training
- communication design
- public relations
- applications of electronic technology
About Kevin G. McGuire
Kevin's professional training and diversified experiences have provided him with a wide range of knowledge and skills. A graduate of Boston University and the Georgetown University Law Center, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History, and a Juris Doctorate.
Kevin has developed his skills through hands-on experience in government and disability law. He has conducted over 500 conferences, trained over 25,000 facilities staff people, and lectured widely to conventions, TV audiences, public sector workshops, and corporate compliance executives. He has also consulted on building projects with construction budgets in excess of $18 billion. Kevin has compiled an impressive resume through working with corporations, legislative offices, and state agencies, including:
- Financial analyst, IBM Corporation
- Staff Assistant for Senator Edward M. Kennedy
- National Director of the Tuition Advance Fund Information Center, Boston University
- Staff Assistant for U.S. Congressman, Hamilton Fish, Jr.
- Assistant District Attorney for the District Attorney's Office, Bronx, New York
- Written/produced public service announcements for the Governor's Office, State of California
- Summer Legal Associate, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
- Summer Legal Associate, Boston Center for Independent Living
ABOUT AbleRoad & www.ableroad.com
AbleRoad is the most comprehensive website and app available for helping people with disabilities. The company has worked with Yelp, so users can see both the Yelp and AbleRoad ratings for a business on the same screen, with up to 200 results per search. The app allows users to add ratings and upload photos while on location and rate them for many factors relating to ease of access.
Reviews of restaurants, stores, hotels, medical practices and facilities, and more can be shared easily on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. The app supports badge ranking of reviewers, and has voice over screen capabilities for people who are blind or low vision. Users can leave detailed reviews for others to read, allowing people with disabilities or their families and friends to research and choose the businesses they want to patronize. AbleRoad is seeking new users around the world to enter reviews in an effort to make the website and app even more comprehensive and useful for people with disabilities.
AbleRoad is the creation of Kevin McGuire, who has used a wheelchair since being struck by an intoxicated driver at the age of seven. After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1987, McGuire founded McGuire Associates, the nation's leading consulting firm specializing in compliance with state and federal disability laws. His firm's clients include the New England Patriots, Live Nation concert venues, the Shubert Organization and the White House Visitor Center, among others.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 56.7 million Americans, or nearly 20% of the population, have some type of disability, making them the largest minority group in the nation. People with disabilities represent $220 billion dollars in discretionary spending power, and more than 25% of American consumers are currently disabled, or have a close friend or family member who is. With the number of Americans over age 65 projected to double by the year 2030, the need for AbleRoad's services will only increase over time.
McGuire is working to make AbleRoad not only a tool for people with disabilities, but a brand of its own that will one day lend its seal of approval to a variety of products and services marketed toward them. "As a child of a parent who is aging, I've found there is no certification program for medical products like walkers and grab bars," McGuire says. "Taking the rating and reviewing one step further, I would like our website and app to be able to direct people to AbleRoad approved goods, services and contractors."
Based in Waltham, Massachusetts, AbleRoad connects people with accessible places, and gives people with disabilities, families, friends, caregivers and business owners an online destination to rate and review community access. The AbleRoad app is available as a free download for both iOS and Android devices at Apple's App Store and Google Play. For more information, please visit: www.ableroad.com.