Twelve million people in France have a disability, but only 5.5% of them are actively involved in sport. So why is that? Psychological barriers, problems with accessing sports facilities and poor communication about the existence of disability-friendly organisations all play their part. But the values central to every form of sport are essential, since they contribute to public acceptance of disability and encourage independence.
So to remove these obstacles, the I Wheel Share start-up has developed the first chatbot designed specifically for disabled people. Based on conversational intelligence technologies, the bot provides an immediate interactive response via Messenger, directing users to clubs with appropriate facilities, based on their location and type of disability. The information provided is personalised to the user and accompanied by contact details and travel suggestions.
To reward the project, which aims to reconcile sport and handicap, the Grand Jury awarded it the “Sport & inclusion” mention allowing it to reach a wider audience.