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Real People, Real Stories: 2021-E1: Shirley Ruch from South Fork Bakery

By Mark Miller on February 7, 2021

A group of people with various disabilities. Real People, Real stories, brought to you by The Paciello Group

In this episode: Mark Miller, the host, and his producer Marissa speak with the founder of South Fork Bakery, Shirley Ruch, and two of her employees. South Fork Bakery only hires people with special needs and is the only bakery of its kind on Long Island. Shirley talks about what inspired her to start the bakery in 2016, and her employees Scott and Sarah chat about how working for the bakery has made an impact on their lives. Scott admits that...

Real People, Real Stories 2020-E9:Steve Sawczyn, Principal Digital Accessibility Engineer at Optum

By Mark Miller on December 22, 2020

A group of people with various disabilities. Real People, Real stories, brought to you by The Paciello Group

Mark Miller, the host, and his producer Marissa speak with Steve Sawczyn, Principal Digital Accessibility Engineer at Optum (part of UnitedHealth Group). Steve talks about how, although “It’s a great time to be blind,” he still runs into accessibility challenges that can be mildly embarrassing (how do you ask someone to tell you if you’re standing six feet away from them to abide by social distancing rules?) to potentially dangerous (information...

IAP 2018-E4: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

By Mark Miller on October 22, 2018

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In this episode: Mark introduces two new podcast hosts (Todd Waites and Derek Bove) and one producer (Marissa Sapega) from Interactive Accessibility’s parent company, The Paciello Group. Todd discusses his experience living with only one arm but explains why he has never considered it a disability. All three talk about how they got into the field of accessibility, which leads to a discussion on National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Focusing on Individuals’ Unique Abilities in the Workforce

By Mark Miller on September 25, 2017

Is the glass half full or half empty? Do you have a unique ability or a disability? Words are tricky. Describing the same thing in two different ways is like magic because the undertones can change between negative and positive. Is your glass half full? Is your blind friend at work uniquely abled?   Take low vision for instance, a physical condition that limits a person’s sense of sight. At first glance, that may have negative connotations. The...

Beyond Section 508 Compliance and WCAG 2.0: Why Accessibility Matters

By Mark Miller on September 5, 2013

I recently ran across a letter to the editor in The Opinion Pages of The New York Times titled Inequality and the Internet: Why Some Remain Offline, written by Lainey Feingold, a disability rights lawyer in Berkeley, California.  It refers to an article published in The New York Times on August 18th called...

Web Accessibility from a Personal Perspective

By Rosemary Musachio on June 20, 2013

Since I am a web accessibility analyst, I have the good fortune of being mobility impaired.  Of course, I only can say this regarding my work.  It is like being a veterinarian and not having pets.  Without the personal experience, you couldn’t empathize with the pets’ guardians.  You wouldn’t observe subtle, unique signs that a dog or cat is not feeling well.