To tackle the aforementioned issues, our initiative aims to construct a bridge between employers from different sectors, management at related institutions, as well as high potential secondary and tertiary institution graduates/students with disabilities. In order to achieve our aims, this initiative is planning to create a community and a sharing platform for graduates/students with disability, employers and institutions so as to facilitate communication and information sharing among each other and create pre-employment networking opportunities to the graduates/students.
CareER是一個跨殘疾背景的大專學生／畢業生組織，我們透過展示學生決心和才能去連繫院校和僱主， 我們以建立同學職業方向和在校支援為目標，同時讓企業和僱主了解殘疾人士的才能，鼓勵企業共融，更希望於日後能將我們的平台擴展至高中學生， 鼓勵更多朋友去找到自己在社會中的角色。
Date: 22 Nov 2013
Time: 7 - 9 PM
Venue: Office Building in The Landmark
mAccess is a non-profit organization aims to improve disable quality of life and productivity through the advancement of technology. We have a ultimate vision to promote the employability for people with disability.
In 2012, mAccess was founded by a group of volunteers including disable people and professionals from various sectors. The idea of mAccess was developed in 2011 from a simple idea to “share”, to share the real user experience of how a accessible smart phone changing a disable person life. Along various meetings and smart phone training, we discover that technology is evitable to develop a inclusion community.
- Employment issue is the first priority
- Accessible technology is for everybody, not just for a particular group of people
In order to achieve our visions, mAccess volunteers are devoting leisured time out of office hour to go into people’s life and provide good services.
- To provide accessibility audit services to companies and various organizations
- To provide accessibility audit for mobile applications
- To organize technology training courses to people with disabilities
- To offer seminars to technology developers to increase the aware ness of accessible technology
Having interned at UBS and Goldman Sachs, Walter works as a marketing executive at a German logistics firm. But his story is far from conventional: he has around ten percent of a normal person’s vision, just about enough to read one word if it filled up a computer screen.
“For a while my mother doubted whether if I would go on to university, or find work after ninth grade.” However, excelling at school, he was roused by the opportunity of a professional career. Graduating first in the business track of his high-school class, he then majored in economics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and became fluent in German.
During an exchange program in Leipzig, Germany, he joined a conference to train as a guide for Dialogue in the Dark, an international initiative where blind guides lead museum visitors through various settings in absolute darkness.
His volunteering as a Dialogue guide led him to a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, who goaded Walter to apply for a human resources internship at GS. “I initially forgot to apply,” he admits with a laugh, “But the mentor emailed me, asking why I hadn’t, so I sent in my resume.” He got the job.
After a series of difficulties in adjusting to the fast pace of corporate life, Walter discovered the power of technology. Without the knowledge of Braille, Walter was shut off from a world of information. Now, with the voice-over function on his iPhone, he could do everything from read audio-books to navigate maps on the fly.
With technology, Walter suddenly became capable of publicising his experiences and achievements. He began making a website over the New Year holiday, using Strikingly. “I liked how simple the interface was to work with, even for me.” He took a week to collect all his work experience, press mentions, and photos. Then, magnifying the screen by a factor of ten, he filled the template with content, reviewing it piece by piece.
He distributed his website at career fairs as a go-to reference for recruiters. While applying for his current job at Mairon International, he knew that the interviewer had read his page. “They were bringing up my work experience for me,” he says. “They understood I was an atypical candidate.”
The clincher came when the interviewers asked Walter about his computer skills. Walter told them he designed his website himself. The recruiters gave him an offer through the contact page on his Strikingly.
Walter’s work with technology doesn’t stop there. In his spare time, he creates video tutorials for blind people to operate an iPhone, and consults for startups to make their apps accessible to handicapped users.
“The gift of my disability,” he says, “Is that it forces me to be proactive, to empower others, to inspire more change in the world.”