Invisible Disabilities

Not all disabilities are visible.Some are not immediately obvious. Think chronic pain, learning difficulties or sleep disorders when these significantly impact day-to-day life. Although we may not be able to see these invisible impairments and conditions, they’re still there. People living with these often face barriers in their daily lives including a lack of understanding... Continue Reading →

Quotes that made me think

“The worst thing about a disability is that people see it before they see you.” – Easter Seals “The world worries about disability more than disabled people do.” – Warwick Davis “Labor should not be about creating monuments on hills or statues in parks. Labor’s monuments and statues are when a young person with disability can get access to... Continue Reading →

AI : Mental health ally

Would you confide in a mental health chatbot? One of the case studies I have most often quoted in my talks is WoeBot. And so, it was intriguing to read this article in Guardian- link in comments. Like other tech players in this space, concerns galore from inherent flaws/ glitches to ethical practices. Yet, people... Continue Reading →

Accessibility for Peers

As a coder, you may be thinking about accessibility for end users. Are you thinking about your peers as well? You may or may not be able to influence the accessibility of the operating system or coding tools. But, there are things every coder can. E.g., documentation and source control repositories Is your technical documentation... Continue Reading →

Disability driven innovation

Here’s something to think about the next time you reach out for the TV remote. The remote control:Have you operated a TV without one? Many a war has been waged in the modern home to claim access to the remote control. What is a convenience for us today was first invented, in 1955 by American engineer... Continue Reading →

Haben

Oprah Winfrey referred to her as "a millennial Helen Keller” Haben is the story of a deaf blind daughter of refugees who refused tokenization and demanded true inclusion. A disability rights lawyer, her memoir is laced with stories of her childhood, her growing years in public school, blindness camps, college at Harvard and after. Blindness, she... Continue Reading →

Empathy is the mother of Innovation

Disability drives innovation. Here's proof.Three stories. #1In 19th-century Italy, sighted Pellegrino Turri struggled to find a way to send (secret) love letters to Countess Carolina Fantoni da Fivizzano, who was blind.Braille had not yet been developed. Other blind people dictated their letters for sighted people to transcribe, but the countess could not do that.And so... Continue Reading →

a11y

a11y is not said Ally. a11y is a numeronym which is a word where a number is used to form an abbreviation. Say it as "A-one-one-Y" or "A-eleven-Y".

Hyperbole and a half

I found this book on Bill Gates’ summer reading list.His review- “Funny and smart as hell” I checked out the author’s bio on Good Reads.“Allie Brosh has enjoyed writing ever since her mom tricked her into writing a story to distract her from her immediate goal of wrapping the cat in duct-tape..” Allie's book “Hyperbole... Continue Reading →

Inclusive Language at work-II

Inclusive Language at work -Expand company or team acronyms in initial reference. -Use plain language in your communication; skip the expressions or jargon. -Refer to a theoretical person as 'they' instead of 'he' or 'she'. -When speaking to colleagues about family, use gender-neutral label for family members. -When in doubt, ask individuals which pronouns they... Continue Reading →

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