A Big Thanks from Faces Behind the Screen!
Updated: January 8, 2018
Wow, what a year it’s been!
We just wanted to take a brief moment to say “thank you,” to everyone who was involved in Faces Behind the Screen in its first year ever! We love this project dearly and are planning to expand our outreach efforts and even farther into 2018.
We’ve met so many wonderful people who have been willing to share their stories with us to help promote better web accessibility for people with sensory disabilities. We are so grateful to have been so warmly welcomed and supported by some fantastic schools, organizations, celebrities, and other individuals from the Boston area and beyond who have lent us their resources and support over the year.
About Faces Behind the Screen
Inspired by the popular photo-interview project Humans of New York, we launched Faces Behind the Screen at the beginning of 2017 to spread awareness about web accessibility through photos and interviews of people with disabilities and advocates for accessibility.
Just like Humans of New York, Faces Behind the Screen gives everyday people a face, a voice, and an opportunity to share a story or a perspective. We do this by conducting brief Q&As or interviews with people who have sensory disabilities that affect computer use such as those who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired. We also include those who are advocates for accessibility, too.
Our aim is to simply connect the world with these stories and perspectives in order to remind everyone that the world wide web, including websites, apps, and other digital interfaces, needs to be accessible for people with disabilities.
Highlights from 2017
Here’s a sample of a few of our favorite stories from this year:
CJ Jones is a Deaf actor, producer, director, writer, and entrepreneur who played the role of Joseph in this summer’s high-speed blockbuster, Baby Driver.
“ I don’t want to do the same role over and over again. I don’t want to be [just] a Deaf person. [For Baby Driver] I wanted to be the adoptive father and Deaf.
We happen to sign. And the audience, I want them to forget that I’m Deaf, but understand our relationship, our heart, that we love, that we feel sadness.[…] Whether it’s sign language, English, Russian, Spanish doesn’t matter. The point is that we’re involved, and we can use disability to show the truth within. We can use disability to throw out the disability and just see the truth of the character.
Anna follows us on Twitter and is vocal about her deafness and d/Deaf awareness. We reached out one day for and interview and met up in Harvard Square one morning for tea.
I love being deaf. I wouldn’t change that for the world. People ask me, would you do it over? Would you want to be born hearing? I’m like, no, because I appreciate things a lot more being deaf.
And it’s nice to be able to shut out the world if I have to. I think the best part of being deaf is that I get to see the world in a different way.
I love my mornings where I don’t have to put my ears in yet. I just go about my routine, and it’s just a different world for me. Just my own little world. I love that. It’s my favorite part of my day.
Zoë Nutt is a singer and songwriter from Knoxville, Tennessee who has hearing loss.
For anyone with hearing loss, I’d say just embrace it…
Don’t look at it as a disability or as something that’s going to change how you want to do things. Accept it and make it a better part of your story.
Photo: Alexandra Justice
Nominate Someone for an Interview!
We are always looking for new interview opportunities with people who are interested in helping us spread awareness about web accessibility.
So, if you know someone who has a sensory disability that affects computer use and think they would be willing to share their story on Faces Behind the Screen, you can nominate them by clicking on the button below and filling out a very short form.
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