“I don’t think I’m different. I think how I interact with the world is different.”
So explains Belo Cipriani, who was born with sight but lost it in adulthood. Like millions of Americans and people all around the world, he’s learned to thrive in his new normal, savvily using the right tools to help him on his journey. A guide dog and sometimes a white cane help him get through his day.
But what would an even more accessible world mean for him? How could he be provided with even more mobility and connectivity? What would that look like?
Hearing Belo discuss how he interacts with the world points us toward the true heart and soul of accessibility. Listen to him and then check out more of the story below.
The term “accessibility” is a common one. It is a sterile word that often conjures up images of ramps and chair lifts, parking spots and building codes. While it is indeed those things, it is also so much more.
Making the world accessible is about doing whatever can be done to ensure people with different abilities can be their full selves with the same freedom, confidence, independence, safety, and ease as everyone else.
It’s about more than the occasional closed captioning and braille options or doing the bare minimum to ensure people with disabilities have subpar, insecure, minimally inclusive participation in the day-to-day activities of life.
It’s about pushing the limits of what is and rethinking the status quo to give everyone the opportunity to participate in as much of the human experience as possible.
And if there’s one sector that understands the value of pushing those limits and possibilities, it’s technology.