As Co-Founder and CEO of Results One LLC, I had one life-changing moment that inspired me to pursue my mission of accessibility and inclusion. My foray into the disability field began 22 years ago when my daughter was born. She was born with Peters Anomaly, which resulted in her having limited vision, being a braille reader, and cane traveler. Like many parents who have a child with a disability, I immersed myself in learning as much as possible to become the best advocate for my child.
For the past 20 years, I have worked in the blindness arena on boards and parent organizations (Montgomery County Commission for People with Disabilities, Maryland School for the Blind, the D.C. Advisory Board for Special Education, and others). I spent 12 years as Chief Operating Officer at the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind.
My heart was pounding one evening, and I was unsuccessful in fighting back the tears as I watched my daughter trying so hard independently to work on a research project. She struggled to navigate a website that was not accessible, and a research project that should have taken anyone else just one hour took her three hours. She had to finally ask for my assistance.
So, this topic of accessibility and inclusion is personal to me as I have watched my daughter through the years struggle with online accessibility issues (during school and college), applying for scholarships and internships, accessing school materials, and most recently, trying to access a list of COVID testing sites online that was inaccessible to her. So, Results One LLC was started in part, as my mission is to create an accessible and inclusive world where everyone is All In!