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

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

Meegan Winters, a former special education teacher and administrator, co-founded the website, with the goal of giving people with disabilities the opportunity to explore spaces before visiting, in 2017 with Brian Town putting connect with businesses, organizations and destinations in the Lansing area.

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

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

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