Coming from a social science background, I was always interested in technology that improves lives and empowers underrepresented communities. I switched careers into Software Engineering in order to impact more lives through technologies I could help build. Having spent many years doing research on diversity and inclusion, it never crossed my mind to consider people with disabilities until a meeting I had at my previous work. A blind engineer talked about a smart-cane his team had built and how it impacted his life. This was my “aha!” …

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