We started building Ample in 2017 because we believed in a future
where all bodies feel welcomed and safe, and
we think technology can help.
Co-founders Alissa and Gus, lifelong best friends, teamed up to make an app that
they both needed. As a fat person and a trans person, both wanted a way to find
doctors that have an inclusive attitude towards their non-conforming bodies.
They aren’t alone in that desire; when people believe they will be stigmatized
by their doctors, they avoid seeking health care, which can lead to
late or missed medical diagnoses.
Then they started thinking bigger— What about
finding a movie theater with larger-sized seating, or a store that sells clothes
with trans bodies in mind? What about those in disabled bodies who need information
about access to a building? What about bodies at the intersections of fat, trans, and
disabled? Having this information could be the difference between going and not going.
Ample is similar in function to other popular review sites, however, it’s the first app
that rates businesses specifically on their accessibility and inclusiveness towards
marginalized bodies. You can search for businesses to discover what others are saying
and then rate and review establishments, both positively and negatively, on the job
they’re doing. Reviews can be filtered based on the perspective you’re interested in,
or we’ll show you the businesses that are shining in all categories. We use both a star
rating and a tags system within our reviews to display targeted, detailed information
about each establishment so that you know what to expect before going. The body-positive
community is growing every day, and here at Ample, we think think we can help.
We launched our app in April, 2018. Since then, we have been hard at work to respond to
community feedback, expand our reach, and develop new features. The Ample Team is growing
to include diverse talents and perspectives. Let us know
what features are important to
you! Make sure to keep an eye on our blog
for new feature
rollout, transparency about what's going on at Ample, and conversations about accessibility.
Ample is an open source project. We’ve been developing
this app in the open from day one because we think the best
way to build an inclusive and socially-just community
is to encourage collaboration and transparency. If
you’d like to watch our progress or get involved,
check us out on Github.