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Dustin Feldman

“It was a gradual decrease where I noticed I started losing my hearing around the age of five years old. I didn’t really even know that I was hard-of-hearing, believe it or not. It was not until I had a hearing exam at school done by the school nurse. One year, I passed with no problem. The next year, they put a board up, and I wasn’t able to read lips… Sure enough, I had profound high-frequency hearing loss in both ears.”

Mandy Harvey

“I remember sitting in this class, everybody else in the room was way older than me–adults–and they handed me the sheet music they were working on. It was the first time [I was] able to sit in a room, everybody was looking at the same thing, and I could follow along because all the words were there in black and white.”


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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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