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Talking Accessibility At Apple

[Image Description: Tim Cook and Rikki Poynter sat down, engaged in conversation.]

[Image Description: Tim Cook and Rikki Poynter sat down, engaged in conversation.]

From May 14th through May 18th, I was invited to be a part of Apple’s three day long Global Accessibility Awareness Day event. I was there along with James Rath and Tatiana Lee from Accessible Hollywood.

Since I can’t give away too many details, I will say this: we were there to be on a panel regarding accessibility and disability as well as to have a one-on-one sit down and chat with Apple’s very own CEO, Tim Cook.

It was an experience that I never thought would happen and I’m very grateful for the opportunity. It was the first that I had ever been to Cupertino, let alone the Apple Campus.

I got to meet up with old friends and meet new ones. Kids from a local Deaf school came to a screening hosted at the campus and we had a conversation. I found out that my videos had been shown often in their classes. Every time this conversation happens, I get so sappy. I get even sapper when they tell me they like my videos. No, kids. I’m not about to cry. It’s just that you brought invisible onions and you didn’t know it and now I’m tearing up. That’s all.

The one-on-one with Tim Cook was great. We talked about Pokemon, Pokemon Go, captions, the captions option in Clips, etc. James talked about accessibility for blind and visually impaired folks. Tatiana talked about music, working out, the Watch, Clips, and music.

Big thank you to Apple for this opportunity. It was by far some of the best few days of my life ever.

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