What I Learned about User Experience by Taking the Train
August 4, 2021
Have you ever navigated public transportation in a wheelchair? What about an app using a screen reader? Let’s face it, the vast majority of our physical and digital environments are not designed by or for people with disabilities. Disability or not, you can still be intentional about designing with accessibility in mind. In this talk, I will share my personal experiences navigating the world with a mobility disability and how that led me to a career in UX/Accessibility. We’ll also talk about what digital accessibility is, why it matters, some history, and how building for inclusion instead of exclusion makes a better user experience for everyone.
Sunday Parker is a Program Manager in Product Accessibility at Salesforce. She was born with a rare neurological disease, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), and has been in a wheelchair since the age of nine. Growing up in a small town in Oklahoma where there were no sidewalks, public transportation, or much accessibility consideration—she didn’t obtain full independence until going away to college in San Francisco where she became a passionate advocate for equitable public transportation that is accessible to people with disabilities. Today, she continues to advocate for people with disabilities on Twitter and locally in her new city of Austin.