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Molly is 21 years old and from Maidenhead Berkshire, England. Molly was born with Usher Syndrome, although only deafness was evident until she was 12 years old when she began to go blind and became registered blind at just 14 years old and became a guided owner at 16 years old.Usher Syndrome is the most common cause of congenital deafblindness. Sadly it is a very misunderstood condition and there is little support for those living with the condition, to date there is no cure.Being deafblind has meant relying on assistive technology in order to access the world.Molly is oral, but learnt BSL and HOH before being registered blind. Molly actively began raising awareness of Usher Syndrome when she was 14 years old, her way of educating those around her of her specific access needs. Initially making videos creatively highlighting exact requirements.These video’s won her the title of Sense’s Young Deafblind Person of the Year in 2010 when she was just 16 years old, her video’s continue to be used in Deafblind Awareness training. Due to her reliance on assistive technology she has become very knowledgeable of accessibility needs and she voices her opinions regularly via her widely read blog.In particular http://www.mollywatt.com/blog/entry/my-apple-watch-after-5-days which demonstrated to the world how important accessibility is to those with sensory impairment.As a result of this blog she was recently fitted with ReSound LiNX² hearing aids which have transformed her hearing further - such enhancements are truly life changing and she advocates this sort of technology and accessibility for all. Spearheading her own Charity The Molly Watt Trust registered in the UK where she and her small team raise awareness of Usher Syndrome and its many challenges as well as fundraising to help others with small items of enhancing equipment.Molly is also an Ambassador for Sense a UK Deafblind Charity.A published author and illustrator of a children's book, a regular Keynote Speaker at various organisations, schools and events she has also spoken at The Houses of Parliament in London and also at Harvard Medical School in Boston.Molly’s reliance on technology has made her passionate about all aspects of accessibility for those with sensory impairment she is regularly called upon for her views and opinions on accessibility features and always happy to help if it allows not just the Usher Community to benefit but all particularly those with disabilities or the elderly who's needs are often similar to those of the deafblind. "I simply want to make a difference, however small."

Catalogue of calamity leads to my Guide dog quarantined

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I have been travelling with BA for many years, choosing between BA and another British carrier long haul but always BA in Europe. You see, I was born deaf and started going blind in 2011, registered deafblind at 12 years old and becoming a Guidedog owner at 16 years old. Travelling has been a love and desire of mine especially whilst I still have the tiniest window of vision. I have been fortunate to have been able to incorporate travel with my work in digital, accessibility, usability and raising awareness of sensory impairments including Usher Syndrome the condition that has robbed me of my hearing and sight. I'm sure you will appreciate travelling is incredibly challenging and as a result I do have real anxieties each time I am flying.  Not just because I am deafblind and use a Guidedog but because I have experienced real discrimination, lack of understanding...
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Access to sound, to people and to things

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I recently googled what is a hearing aid? The definitions varied from: Cambridge Dictionary - hearing aid meaning, definition, what is hearing aid: a device worn inside or next to the ear by people who cannot hear well in order to help…  Wikipedia - A hearing aid or deaf aid is a device designed to improve hearing. dictionary.com - Hearing aid definition, a compact electronic amplifier worn to improve one's hearing.  I could go on but let's face it most people would think the above, however this is really basic stuff and quite outdated when considering what the latest in hearing aid technology is and can achieve. I therefore googled Smart Hearing Aid from what I could see with my blind eyes there isn't a dictionary definition, evidently Smart hearing is simply a phrase, referred to in this way: The phrase Smart Hearing has been coined over the last few...
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Young Digital Leader Nomination

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I was shocked but incredibly proud to learn I had been nominated for Young Digital Leader 2017, even more surprised to be shortlisted amongst such amazing talent. Having been excluded growing up I am passionate about inclusion advocating for those with specific accessibility needs, for our ageing population, for those with temporary disabilities, also consulting and raising awareness of need with corporates all over the world. Accessibility is for us all, design and develop your website, app, property or environment with the minority in mind then you will find you have become accessible to all, never close a window. There is so much work to do in the fields of accessibility, inclusivity and usability, this really is just the beginning.   An exciting time to be involved in evolving assistive technology much of it enhancing for most and truly life changing for others. It is a time when it is...
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Wonder Women in Technology - 'Never tell me I can't!'

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I was thrilled to be asked to deliver an ‘Ignite’ presentation at this event at the Ministry Of Justice building in Westminster. An Ignite presentation was a first for me. I have been a keynote presenter for 7 years and had never heard of an Ignite presentation. After some research I discovered Ignite is a series of moving slides 15 seconds per slide and for this particular event I was asked to put together 20 slides - the shortest presentation I have ever been asked to provide and in a format I am not familiar with but hey, I am not afraid of a challenge! After setting up my presentation and manually going through them I could not find any clue as to how to get the slides to slide every 15 seconds - thank goodness for my technical friends on social media and to the truly inspiring Lisa Mae...
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My Naidex Accessibility Experience - 2017

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I was invited to speak at the Naidex’s conference at the N.E.C in Birmingham in March. Naidex; innovations for the future of the independent living industry. Naidex is Europe’s biggest and most  far- reaching trade, professional and consumer  show dedicated to the care, rehabilitation, and lifestyle of people with a disability or impairment. The topic of my presentation was ‘Inclusive technology and how to make it more mainstream’ along with snippets and referrals to my own story.  Knowing the nature of this event I had imagined not only a variety of people presenting and showing equipment but also a mix of people with all different disabilities and needs interested in digital innovation available or becoming available in the future. On arriving with my guide dog Unis and my Dad who kindly took time out of his own schedule to drive me to Birmingham. The NEC Conference Centre is huge and...
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