Accessibility In Practice

How far would you be willing to go to make your content or service available to as many people as possible?

Would you be willing to record a video blog of yourself reading out-loud over 175 of your blog posts making sure you don’t leave out individuals with impairments who want access to your content?

Let me introduce you to Sarah Levis. Sarah is actively making her message available to ANYONE  that desires access.

I will be interviewing Sarah Levis AKA GirlWithTheCane at the end of this month.

Sarah has had not one but TWO STROKES before the age of 35. She developed what is called a Brain Arteriovenous Malformation(AVM).

When you move form, “pretty healthy” to dealing with a rare medical condition your perspective changes. You identify with and often take on the role of “disability advocate.” A light switch turns on, and you start envisioning a world that embraces ACCESSIBILITY FOR ALL.

How can I convince you that your service, device, website, SHOULD be accessible?

You don’t have to get sick or become disabled to “see the light.” Have a little faith in those that have gotten sick and or disabled and are making the daily scarifies.

Trust me when I say EVERYONE WANT’S ACCESSIBILITY!

You may think moving from “pretty healthy,” to ” chronic disability” is a far fetched idea and not scheduled into your life plans. I pray that is the case. BUT life happens and when it does you will appreciate those that are putting accessibility into practice.

Repeat after me….

“Completing this project will take a while! But I believe that it’s worth doing.”

Check out Sarah’s first video blog post:

Much love,
Marissa

5 comments

  1. Sarah is awesome, I was in rehab with her in 2000/2001. I ind a lot of what Sarah said is true for me as well. my cane is an extension of my arm, and I carry a ton of stuff with my other hand. I am fortunate that most of my hand/arm came back. My big issue is balance now.

    • Hello Janet,

      Thank you for dropping by my blog! Sarah is so awesome. I am just getting into researching the rehab and recovery phase. WOW. I just did not connect that there could be such long and painful recovery process after a hemorrhagic stroke.

      When you speak of balance, do you mean stability with balance or vertigo/dizziness induced balance issues?

      Much love,
      Marissa

      • as i have had two cerebellum strokes and 5 brain stem strokes i think my balance is like a misfire. one second i am fine, next second (with no warning) i am falling. most of my vision is double as well, so falling is quite the experience..LOL

        • WOW! Janet. Thanks for sharing this. I am just starting to work my way into understanding recovery after a hemorrhagic stroke. I can’t even imagine all of the physical therapy involved.

          Have you experimented with all of the assistive devices like a walker, wheelchair and cane? If so, what did you settle on?

          Before I opened myself to learning about other health conditions, I quickly evaluated what I thought was happening. I never moved beyond the illness to think about things like recovery and life altering changes.

          Much love,
          Marissa

          • i started off in a chair…after about 2 years i graduated to a 2 wheeled walker, then a 4 wheeled walker, then 2 quad cans…1 quad cane and finally i am using a single tip cane..it has been 12 years since my last stroke so i am guessing i will be stuck with the cane. oh it could be sooo much worse. i am now completely independent (hubby and i split up 4 years ago)` and walk every where i go. i gave my scooter away so i would stop using it and walk.

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