Applying the Growth Mindset to Accessibility (A11Y)

The power of ‘not yet’​. Here is a closer look at how product teams can develop and apply the growth mindset to their work on Accessibility (A11Y). When faced with a challenging problem, have you thought to yourself, ‘This is going to be fun. I love a good challenge’? When I came across Carol Dweck’s work on the ‘Growth Mindset’, I was blown away. Professor Dweck is a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and one of the world’s leading researchers on motivation and mindsets. Continue Reading

Is dying better than aging?

“I am not afraid of dying”, he said. “In fact, I would rather die than deal with old age”. This made me wonder, Is dying better than aging? I was on the phone with my dad. It was a long-distance WhatsApp call as I was driving around running my endless list of errands. His words stung me. I responded with empathy and compassion. I tried to console him with, ‘Dad. this happens to everyone. You are not alone. Aging is hard but we all have Continue Reading

The hypocrisy of the accessibility (A11Y) profession.

As an accessibility “newbie”, I have been very fortunate to have met and worked with some incredible accessibility professionals who have helped me learn and grow. I write this with the deepest respect for the profession, the well-intentioned, hardworking professionals, and their contribution to disability advocacy and inclusion. It’s a controversial title but I promise you it’s a sincere and honest attempt to a.) share a POV from my personal experience and b.) spark conversation on what we can all do to contribute to change. Continue Reading

So you are an able-bodied person? Think again!

The dictionary definition of Able-Bodied – “fit, strong, and healthy; not physically disabled.” The dictionary definition of Disability – “a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities.” If you have read the above, read it again. Then take a few moments to reflect on your life. Think about the times you have felt fit, strong, healthy. Think about the times you have experienced a physical or mental condition that limited your movements, senses, or activities. I reflected on my own Continue Reading

How my work on Accessibility (A11Y) was shaped by a life-changing experience

Celebrating Accessibility on International Day of Persons With Disabilities. A year ago, on a visit to India, I went to see my friends at the St Agnes Special School in Mangalore, a school for children with special needs. I recalled during this visit that as a 20-year-old, new college grad, I had signed up (in 1999) for a program they had just started to earn a Diploma in Special Ed. At the time, I had no idea what I was getting into. I just wanted Continue Reading

It’s time to GAAD it up!

Don’t worry! You didn’t miss the boat on a new cool phrase of the month. Thursday, May 21, 2020, marks the ninth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking, and learning about digital access/inclusion and people with different abilities. GAAD was founded by two developers Joe Devon and Jennison Asuncion. To learn more about GAAD, head on over to the GAAD website at the link below. Webster defines Accessibility as, easily used or accessed by people with Continue Reading

The Accidental Ally – How I started my journey on accessibility.

Part 1: How I started my journey on Accessibility. al·ly /ˈalī/ a person or organization that cooperates with or helps another in a particular activity. ac·ces·si·bil·i·ty /əkˌsesəˈbilədē/ the quality of being able to be reached or entered. the quality of being easy to obtain or use. the quality of being easily understood or appreciated. the quality of being easily reached, entered, or used by people who have a disability. Accessibility is a 13 letter word often referred to as a11y. When I first saw references Continue Reading

Shakti: The Power Within

The meaning of Shakti Shakti means the female principle of divine energy, especially when personified as the supreme deity. “I will look after you and I will look after anybody you say needs to be looked after, any way you say. I am here. I brought my whole self to you. I am your mother.” ―Maya Angelou, Mom & Me & Mom What’s in a name I was born on a hot August day arriving 13 mins before midnight after an arduous 32 hours of Continue Reading