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 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 →

Accessibility in Microsoft Teams

I've used these Accessibility features in #MicrosoftTeams, without even realizing it. #1: Live Captions: Live captions are not just for participants that are suffering from hearing issues. It is easy to comprehend and communicate with people with various levels of language proficiency, especially non-native English speakers. #2: Transcription of Recorded Meetings: Were you distracted in a... Continue Reading →

Inclusive Language

anguage for mental health allies at work. Don’t say: “I have to talk to you about your attitude.”Say: “You don’t seem to be yourself lately. Would you like to talk about it? I’ll understand if you don’t want to.” Don’t say: “You seem to be falling behind on your work. Why can’t you keep up?”Say:... Continue Reading →

The Accessible Icon

The next time you see the accessibility symbol at the mall or the parking lot, Take a second look. The blue square with a white image of a person sitting in a wheelchair is a universally recognized symbol. Like most other icons, we take for granted the logos we see daily; we miss to see... Continue Reading →

The A-Z of Disability

The A – Z of Disability Etiquette What’s interesting about this list from Independence Australia is how a lot of these are equally applicable to people without disabilities or with non-apparent disabilities. A – Ask before you help; it’s not always wanted.B – Be patient with how others communicate.C – Communicate naturally and with expressions.D –... Continue Reading →

Read Aloud

How it sounds is as or more important than what is said.A workplace anecdote. Random Teams conversation at work.A bunch of us are proof reading a draft post for communication.My colleague, Alex, something and suggests an alternative.I’m quite sure I read the draft twice and didn’t spot it once.The next time we met, I picked... Continue Reading →

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