This wonderful article surfaced about an inspiring Apple Engineer – only 22 years old, and making changes to the partially sighted community. Jordyn Castor has been blind since birth and due to her passion and knowledge for technology she’s now working as an Apple Engineer.
Jordyn received an iPad for her 17th birthday and she was impressed with how easily it worked out of the box.”Everything just worked and was accessible just right out of the box,” Castor told Mashable. “That was something I had never experienced before.”
Apple have worked hard to bring accessibility to all their devices as an inclusive approach. Many other hardware manufacturers see accessibility as an add-on and for many systems it costs hundreds to add it to a computer system. “I’m directly impacting the lives of the blind community.” she says of her work. “It’s incredible.”
“[These features] show up on your device, regardless of if you are someone who needs them,” Herrlinger tells Mashable. “By being built-in, they are also free. Historically, for the blind and visually impaired community, there are additional things you have to buy or things that you have to do to be able to use technology.”
As her internship came to a close, Castor’s skills as an engineer and advocate for tech accessibility were too commanding to let go. She was hired full-time as an engineer on the accessibility design and quality team — a group of people Castor describes as “passionate” and “dedicated.”
On July 4, Apple was the recipient of the American Council of the Blind’s Robert S. Bray Award for the company’s strides in accessibility and continued dedication to inclusion-based innovation for blind users.
More information, and original story available through Mashable.