Julia: Hi we are students from Cohort 9 of the Lockheed Martin Leadership Institute from Miami University’s CEC department. My name is Julia Schaeffer and I am currently a junior at Miami. As an exec in two clubs and a representative on the council of the league of geeks, I’ve been involved in making several meetings and events as accessible and inclusive as possible.
Eunice: My name is Eunice Nsaam and I’m also a junior studying Bioengineering. I’m in an exec position for NSBE and EWB chapters at Miami. Being in these positions, I have become more avidly aware of some of the issues we have in terms of promoting and encouraging inclusivity in our community both locally and at large.
Eunice: On this page, we’ll be talking about accessibility in the workplace from an individual perspective to a group perspective in terms of how we can each work on ourselves individually and as a collective in order to create more accessible spaces whether in discussion or implementation of accessible technologies.
Julia: This is something that drew our attention because as we talk about a future of equal opportunities and utilizing all the available knowledge and tools to advance forward, both technologically and socially, extending these ideas to people with disabilities has often been a very slow process. In an age where there is a far better understanding of the unique differences and a growing acceptance of those differences, our actions in the workplace among others should be more and more reflective of that, until it is a part of our way of life.
Eunice: There are three major categories that we cover: What is Inaccessible, How to be Inclusive, and Why We Care. These categories work together to explain what we believe to be the path that we are on regarding making life more accessible to everyone. By 2040, we expect inclusivity to be the standard, not the exception.