I listened to an excellent interview with Yves Veulliet by Jonathan Hassell I believe you will enjoy and find valuable in your personal and professional life. You can listen to that interview at “Do you have to be 'superhuman' to be an inspiration” - Hassell Inclusion.
I am sure you have your own opinions on what specific points of the interview uncovered some feelings or ideas to assist you in your life. Below is just a short list of the many interesting topics discussed in the interview I found could assist me in my personal and professional life:
• When working with people who are disabled or elderly focus on their capabilities and not their disabilities.
• Becoming disabled suddenly, requiring training to learn to use a wheel chair and adapting to accessibility barriers like Yves demonstrates, should not deter you from pursuing your dreams.
• How Yves copes, interacts and lives in a world with accessibility barriers in his new world can be an example for all who experience obstacles.
• Enabling inclusion by designing accessibility/usability into products and services which increases revenue by including the approximately twenty percent of the population who are elderly or disabled and reduces unintentional exclusion.
• When developing products including accessibility features it should be as natural for the designer and developer as including a keyboard with a computer.
When I listened to the interview I could not help to think about some similarities between myself and Yves. We both became disabled instantly, spent many months in the hospital, and required many months of rehabilitation. We also share the passion to overcome obstacles to do the best we can despite the accessibility/usability barriers we face, all while keeping a positive attitude and an overall goal to be happy.
What did you learn from Yves Veulliet’s interview? Will Yves Veulliet’s attitude cause you to act or think differently? Does the conversation regarding inclusion and the relationship between accessibility/ usability in products and services cause you to think and act differently? If you are a developer or designer did the conversation assist you in providing new ideas to capture the customers you are unintentionally excluding by not incorporating accessibility/usability into your products and services?
I look forward to hearing your valuable thoughts and comments.
Global Dialogue Center