Featured on Hearing Health Foundation

My story was recently featured on the Hearing Health Foundation’s (HHF) blog! “Hearing Health Foundation’s mission is to prevent and cure hearing loss and tinnitus through groundbreaking research and to promote hearing health”. Their telling of my story focuses on redefined justice, as they put it. Mayo Clinic could’ve been better in the way they handled the issues I faced there. Their lawyers responded to my EEOC case by claiming that I actually did not have a hearing loss disability. This really hurt. They were wrong, of course. But, I don’t hold any animosity toward them for their choice of how they handled my concerns.

Moving On

Instead, I’ve moved on from it. I imagine you might be thinking that I don’t seem to have “moved on”. After all, I’ve brought it up twice on this blog and it’s the focus of an article on another blog. It just happens to be part – a small part – of my story of learning to deal with a hearing loss.

Redefined Justice with WAI-ARIA

A bigger part of the story is that I’ve chosen to get the education I need to begin a new career that doesn’t require as much emphasis on hearing ability. That education has a focus on User Experience (UX) Design. Within that focus, I’m concentrating on the web-based methods that exist to accommodate all people. The W3C describes WAI-ARIA best on their site:

WAI-ARIA, the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite, defines a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. It especially helps with dynamic content and advanced user interface controls developed with Ajax, HTML, JavaScript, and related technologies. Currently certain functionality used in Web sites is not available to some users with disabilities, especially people who rely on screen readers and people who cannot use a mouse. WAI-ARIA addresses these accessibility challenges, for example, by defining new ways for functionality to be provided to assistive technology. With WAI-ARIA, developers can make advanced Web applications accessible and usable to people with disabilities.



I’m especially excited to announce that I’m only six classes away from graduating! I should finally have my Bachelor’s degree at the end of the Fall 2019 semester. You’re invited to the graduation ceremony! More on this later.

Update: I graduated on December 16, 2019!

By bobdowns

👪 Family man 👨‍💻 Web developer ☕ Coffee lover

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