This presentation was originally delivered to the IBM Research team as part of their Accessibility Day in May 2014. I shared my experience with assistive technology and my journey of understanding the meaning of accessibility.
While I’ve been passionate about accessibility for many years now, it’s not something I understood overnight. In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, I wanted to share my almost 50-year journey of lessons and evolving understanding with you.
Accessibility = Democracy
I’ve experienced a massive shift in how not only I think about accessibility but in the way society thinks about accessibility; we’re moving from a one-dimensional mindset of what assistive technology is and can be to one where we are building things that enable and empower people in ways we never thought were possible.
So ask yourself, what if everyone had access to assistive technology that allowed them to reach their full potential?