Disability charities launch product review website

The Rate it! site aims to address the lack of reviews by disabled people of how well consumer goods promote independent living.

Joe Lepper | 21st Sep 18
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A group of charities have come together to launch a product review website for disabled people.

The Rate it! website has been created for those with a disability to share and read reviews about products that help them lead an independent life.

Involved in running the project is the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC), which was founded by the Consumers’ Association, now Which, and has more than 50 years experience of carrying our research into consumer products.

Also involved is the Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living (LCiL) and social business Enabled by Design (EbD), whose work includes looking at ways products can be modified to make them more accessible for people with a disability.

Reviews vital to disabled consumers

“Through our experience and research, the Rate it! team has been aware of the importance of product reviews in supporting disabled people to make informed choices when buying products,” said EbD Founder Denise Stephens.

“90% of respondents in Scope’s 2015 Extra Costs Commission report said reviews were a priority for them. Inspired by this, we’ve provided a high-quality online space where people can research, review and share knowledge about specialist and mainstream products, all in one place.”

Every month the Rate It! website is giving away a prize, with every review written counted as a single entry.

For September the prize is an Amazon Alexa.

Rate It! is particularly keen to include reviews that make studying easier for people with a disability, to mark the start of the new academic year this month.