Position/Role

Accessibility Assessor: Visually Impaired

Years with Shaw

5 Months

Disability with a little background

The condition I have is called galactosemia. Galactosemia is a genetic condition which affects the ability to metabolize the sugar galactose properly, therefore I cannot eat anything which contains dairy as this would make my vision deteriorate.

Previous work or background

I used to work part time in a café called Surfside where my main responsibility was to wash and dry plates and cutlery and make sure tables were clean.

Why are you proud to be part of the Accessibility Team?

I am proud to be part of the accessibility team because I feel as if I am making a positive difference to other people’s lives and making websites easier to access for people who are disabled.

Why does accessibility matter?

Just because someone is disabled should not mean that they cannot access the same information as someone who is able bodied. Websites should provide equal opportunities for all people regardless of someone’s disability.

How do clients benefit from your input?

Clients understand the importance regarding accessibility when accessing a website for someone who is visually impaired. Factors which clients would learn are: how essential it is for a text resizing facility provided by the website is and for the accessibility statement to be near the top of the website so that the accessibility statement is visible and easy to find.