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Accessibility Stories from the Community

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Cecilia James

“As I sat at my desk for the first time with the digital hearing aids, I became emotional as I realized how much I missed. It felt like I was getting to know myself. This journey continues to be a learning one. It’s made a difference with my hearing, and with me wanting to use my hearing aids.”

Marvin Pearson

“It’s important for me to share my story to provide light for somebody – whether your disabled or not. The main thing I tell people is that I don’t want to be remembered as a deaf-blind football player. I want to be remembered as a football player that excelled and just happens to be blind and deaf.”

Camila Chiriboga

“The point is not to sell to one group or another. It’s about making dressing every day a better experience. I didn’t want to dictate what blind people needed for clothing. I stayed very tied to the people I was working with, visiting them at least once a week. I didn’t want to imagine what they needed. Instead, I wanted the blind and visually impaired community actually telling me about their experiences. Then, I would translate their ideas onto paper.”





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Inspired by the popular photo-interview project Humans of New York, we launched FBTS at the beginning of 2017 to spread awareness about web accessibility. Through photos and interviews, we have been able to share many unique stories that give everyday people a face, a voice, and an opportunity to share their story and perspective.

Our aim is to simply connect the world with these stories, offer a new perspective, hopefully, shatter common stigmas and preconceived notions, and remind everyone that the world wide web, including websites, apps, and other digital interfaces, needs to be accessible for everyone – including people with disabilities.

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