Job Title: Spearheading The Molly Watt Trust,
Ambassador for Deafblind Charity Sense
Advocate for those living with Usher Syndrome, Sensory
Impairments and Hidden disabilities.
Published author and illustrator of 2 children’s books.
Keynote and Motivational Speaker and keen Blogger.
I am 21 years old and registered deafblind as a result of Usher Syndrome. Usher Syndrome is varying deafness and blindness. The blindness is retinitis pigmentosa. There is no cure.
Usher Syndrome is not just ‘deafblind' it is much more. It brings challenges of communication, accessibility and mobility.
There is little awareness of my condition, being a hidden disability makes it all the harder to deal with and as a result little understanding by the world at large making it very difficult for all dealing with its many challenges.
Since my diagnosis at age 14 I have been raising awareness of Usher Syndrome, making basic videos, blogging and speaking publicly.
I won the award Young Deafblind Person of the Year in 2010 at age 16 for my awareness videos which are now used to educate those working with Usher Syndrome.
I have spoken in some amazing places including Harvard Medical School, Houses of Parliament, Hospitals, Schools, Charity Events to businesses and very recently at the Apple Campus in Cupertino.
My whole world is very much about accessibility.
I recently began consulting on website and app accessibility as well as blogging about accessible products, my http://www.mollywatt.com/blog/entry/my-apple-watch-after-5-days went viral and along with it came lots of interest in what I am trying to achieve.
Without assistive technology and my trusty guide dog Unis I would be a very different person.
I want to speak about the challenge and barriers I have faced and how technology helps. About the need for understanding all accessibility needs.
For accessibility to be an important part of every design, in technology, in public places, in everything.
I am very much looking forward to meeting and presenting to this influential audience.