Hey Guys!! I know I’ve been away for awhile but I have great news on the accessible front. I left the Hollywood scene for the Silicon Valley. It was the most enlightening week of my life. Some of you may have heard of Global Accessibility Awareness Day aka #GAAD. It’s a day that was created to spread awareness about how important accessible technology is for people with disabilities. Apple being one of the most innovative companies in technology is not only supporting the movement, but spearheading it.
In honor of GAAD, Apple held a week long series of fun and interactive activities for the employees. One of them being a panel of accessibility activists with disabilities that have online social media presence. Those in attendance were able to hear myself, Rikki Poytner (Closed Captioning Activist & Youtuber), and James Rath (Film maker with Ocular Albinism) speak about how accessibility is crucial in our content making as well as our everyday lives. We also shared our negative and positive experiences being people with disabilities. My personal goal on the panel was to relay my appreciation and gratitude to the makers on the technology that makes my life easier being a wheelchair user. I can’t be the diva I am without the assistance of a good selfie device! *just jokes*
But in reality Apple does a great job making products accessible. They have a whole page dedicated to accessible products. I love their new videos on Youtube showing people with disabilities living their everyday life. When you watch the New “Designed For” commercials you will notice their disability isn’t mentioned. This was so amazing because having a disability shouldn’t matter. It doesn’t define us!
One thing I have to mention was the cafeteria style place to eat on the campus called Cafe Macs. I was so overwhelmed with all the choices of food; from sushi, a salad bar, smoothies and so much more. All the things I love. The foodie in me was in heaven.
…GAAD Week with apple continues…
We also got to see short films from the Deaf Film Camp which was so awesome. I had a chance to meet the Director of the DFC, Michael Kaufer, who is one of the coolest guys I’ve ever met. I now have interest in ASL and will be learning it soon!
Over all it was a great trip and I couldn’t have found a better way to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day!!
Thank you so much to everyone at Apple for inviting me!!