Founded in 2016, Lazarillo's mission is to improve the quality of life and autonomy of people with blindness and low vision, creating tools that enhance the relationship between people and institutions, making the world a more accessible and connected place.
We want to be the main platform to help people with disabilities in Chile and the world.
LazarilloApp was born because of the need to generate a solution for blind or poor vision people so they could mobilize through the city independently, without the help of others.
René Espinoza, CEO of LazarilloApp, realized that it was necessary to create an effective tool for society that would give autonomy to people with visual disabilities and at the same time allow institutions to make use of it, improving access to spaces. Through his experiences working with inclusion related topics, René met Miguel González, who used to work adapting jobs for people with disabilities. Miguel is blind from birth and currently serves as Director of user’s experience.
Together and with the conviction that technology can improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, they started working in 2014 on the Lazarillo project. What was a title project at the beginning, thanks to the support of CORFO, SENADIS (National Disability Service), Institute of Complex Engineering Systems (ISCI), OpenLab, OpenBeauchef, among other collaborators, ended up being LazarilloApp, succeeding in specifying the development of the application that today is positioned as a social enterprise of high impact and global recognition.
Nowadays, we continue working to enrich our features and to incorporate new platforms that will help transform Lazarillo into program which can help people with visual disabilities, a place where institutions, companies, users, family and friends can meet, to create shared value and connect with each other.