ITU Blog: Mainstreaming Accessibility: Deafblindness, Assistive Technology and Advocacy

As a deaf-blind person, I’ve had to fight for seemingly trivial things like the right to access cafeteria menus or participate in rock-climbing. Most of the barriers I have encountered stemmed from misunderstandings by people unfamiliar with accommodations for people with disabilities. Through guidance from teachers and parents, I learned to educate community members about accommodations for deaf-blind individuals. The process of advocating for myself allowed me to develop strong problem-solving and analytical skills. I later realized that I could use these skills to help others in the disability community. For the past few years I have offered workshops around the United States educating various community members about the importance of creating inclusive communities. After graduating from Harvard Law School last May, I have been serving the community as a legal advocate. As a Skadden Fellowship Attorney at Disability Rights Advocates in Berkeley, California, I work to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to education.

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