TLDR? The MATT Experience is a way to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and see the city from a new perspective.
Many people go every day without having to think about getting to their destination. This can be from getting on the local bus to their job or as simple from their home to the grocery store.
However, what if this weren’t an option for you?
Unfortunately, this is the case for many people with disabilities who can’t use traditional means of transportation or access stores due to a lack of handicap accessibility.
That’s where MATT Mobility comes in; improving the quality of life for those with reduced mobility. Let’s take a look at what it’s like to see Medellin from a different perspective.
MATT Device: Mental Limits Are an Illusion
When people visit Medellin, they book their days with tours of the city. These tours include visiting Comuna 13, taking the Cable Car up to Parque Arví, and going on the obligatory coffee tour. While all these are great options, they aren’t as truly eye-opening as the MATT Experience.
What is the MATT Experience, and why should you do it? The MATT Experience is a city tour that uses the MATT device to get around. MATT device is an all-terrain electric wheelchair that can go 30-40 kilometers per hour and has over six hours of battery life.
The MATT device looks like a tricycle with a large seat in the middle and two wheels in the back. The front wheel is steerable and has a handbrake.
However, the front wheel and handlebars disconnect and can be used as a traditional wheelchair.
The device is not only for those with disabilities but also for the elderly and people with limited mobility.
The tour gives you a first-hand look at how this unique device helps you get around the city. In parts of the city like El Poblado, where there are steep hills, the Matt device is a godsend.
The MATT Device is changing how people with disabilities see transportation and Medellin. It gives them the freedom to go where they want, when they want.
The MATT Experience is something that everyone should do at least once. Whether you have a disability or not, it will give you a new perspective on the city.
The True Disability
When we took the tour, we found a gutwrenching truth. The real disability isn’t not being able to walk; it’s the way society is designed.
For example, most sidewalks are too narrow for the MATT device, and curb cuts are nonexistent. Unfortunately, this means that those who need the device the most can’t use it. A majority of stores also have steps leading up to them, making them inaccessible.
While the MATT device increases the quality of life for those with disabilities, it’s only a Band-Aid on a much larger problem.
The real solution is to make society more inclusive and accessible for everyone. This can be done by having wider sidewalks, more curb cuts, and building ramps leading up to stores. When we are more inclusive of those with disabilities, we make the world a better place for everyone.
Matt Mobility currently has an app in the works that will help those with disabilities find accessible routes around the city. The app will show users the location of curb cuts, ramps, and wide sidewalks.
I personally believe that this app will be a game-changer and help make Medellin more inclusive for those with disabilities.
Matt’s Holistic Approach
Matt Mobility is more than a transportation company. They’re improving the quality of life for those with disabilities. This is Matt Mobility as a whole.
The first part is the MATT device which gives people with disabilities increased mobility. In addition, the MATT device gives freedom and mobility to explore the city.
These devices are impressive, and we had no problem cruising them on the city street amid traffic. We even did some off-roading and threw some mud which was pretty satisfying.
The second part is the mental health support that Matt Mobility provides. Too often, people with disabilities are left to fend for themselves.
This can lead to depression and a feeling of isolation. Matt Mobility seeks to break down these barriers by providing mental health support.
Autonomy leads to improved mental health and recouping the confidence that was lost when the disability occurred.
Matt Mobility believes your mind and body are connected. Disabilities can hinder your capabilities to leave the house and get exercise.
This can lead to a sedentary lifestyle and poor physical health. Matt provides an opportunity to get moving and improve your physical health.
Matt Mobility provides job opportunities when they can. This is essential because those with disabilities often have a harder time finding employment.
Matt helps break the cycle of poverty that many find themselves in by giving them a job.
Lastly, Matt Mobility is building a community where people with disabilities can feel included. This is essential for the mental health of those with disabilities.
Too often, people with disabilities are left out of activities and events. Matt seeks to change this by providing leisure activities.
The device helps people with disabilities be able to spend more time with their family and friends in activities they love.
How to Buy a MATT Device
Do you or someone you know have a disability and want to try the Matt device? There are a few ways to buy one:
The first way is to go to their website and place an order. Typically, delivery is within two weeks, and you will receive 24/7 support. You can also go to the Matt Mobility store in El Poblado.
Matt Mobility also has a leasing program that makes it affordable for those with disabilities to get the device. The leasing program is 104 weeks, and after that, the MATT device is yours to keep.