My professional career has taken me on quite a journey, but being an Accessibility Specialist is what has brought me the most joy. It is difficult, challenging, and extremely rewarding to know content being produced is also inclusive!
Working for a grant funded initiative has allowed me to learn things I wouldn’t typically learn in a traditional workspace. I spent 7 years as an administrative assistant, learning a basic understanding of accessibility. It wasn’t until I was approached for a newly created position as a Specialist that I really grew. In my own learning, I stumbled upon SEO, and the power behind it when coupled with Accessibility.
I know I didn’t land here by accident. I believe that this is where God has been calling me- to be a light for ALL people.
My journey is far from over- it is just beginning!
A FEW OF MY
1. To Drink:
Lavender Latte from Aldea Coffee
2. To Collect:
All the Shoes!
3. To Do:
Hike with my husband
4. Favorite Book:
A man Called Ove
by Fredrick Backman
6. To Relax:
Binge Home improvement shows
MORE ABOUT MY PASSION
There are approximately one billion people, or 15% of the world’s population experiencing some form of disability (2020). Of those, a majority live in non-western countries. In the United States alone, there are about 61 million adults living with a disability (2016). That equates to about one in four adults in the U.S. (worldbankgroup).
Accessibility in the simplest definition means websites, tools, and technologies are designed and developed so that people with disabilities can use them. Specifically, users can perceive, understand, navigate and interact with the web, and on the web.
Who benefits from Accessibility?
Accessibility can encompass disabilities that affect access to the web, including but not limited to:
- Visual and
Just like SEO, accessibility also benefits users without disabilities.
How is that? Some ways are:
- Using cell phones, smart watches, smart TV’s and other small screen devices with different input modes
- ‘Temporary disabilities’, like having a broken arm or losing your glasses
- ‘Situational limitations’, such as bright sun or an environment with inaudible backgrounds
- Slow internet/bandwidth
“Whatever you do,
work at it with all your heart”