Building for

Despite progress in tech and society, still face barriers to accessible experiences — including hurdles to complete tasks, navigate the world, or reach their dreams. As creative technologists we all have an opportunity and a responsibility to ensure what we're building works for everyone.

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Google employee’s quote

As an engineer who is also hard of hearing, I find it rewarding to build technology that facilitates access for our community and contributes to a world with fewer barriers.

Laura D’Aquila (she/her) Software Engineer, Google

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Close up portrait of a smiling woman with long brown hair and glasses

As an engineer who is also hard of hearing, I find it rewarding to build technology that facilitates access for our community and contributes to a world with fewer barriers.

Laura D’Aquila (she/her) Software Engineer, Google

Guiding Principles

Three principles helpful for any team working to build for accessibility

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“Nothing about us, without us”

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Consider accessibility a mindset, not a box to check

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Start somewhere and build on what you learn

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Google employee’s quote

If we can truly integrate accessibility and disability inclusion into our products and processes, we can help to level the playing field, create meaningful opportunities, and change the trajectory of what's possible.

Laura Allen (she/her) Head of Strategy, Accessibility & Disability Inclusion, Google

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Portrait of a smiling woman with long curly hair, dangling earrings, and a teal blue blouse

If we can truly integrate accessibility and disability inclusion into our products and processes, we can help to level the playing field, create meaningful opportunities, and change the trajectory of what's possible.

Laura Allen (she/her) Head of Strategy, Accessibility & Disability Inclusion, Google

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