Entrepreneur Expo! Memoir Updates! How Do Accessibility & Literacy Overlap?

Hi All! Thomas typing to you here. How have you been?

It’s the Wednesday of every other week, and that means a new post in the ME.mory blog.

In one week I will be representing ME.mory at the Philly Startup Leaders’ Entrepreneur Expo 2019. Other team members will likely be at our table too.

Event details:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/philly-startup-leaders-entrepreneur-expo-2019-presented-by-linode-tickets-54919381348

A huge “thank you” to sponsors who are covering our costs to participate!

AND, in what I think is HUGE NEWS – I have finished noting all of the edits I wish to make to my memoir which explains the origin story behind ME.mory!

I had shared in an earlier entry how noting is one big component, while another is inputting those edits. I split up the process so that I could get breaks from screens and could work outside while noting edits to the printed copy. I have been doing both noting and inputting, yet more inputting currently remains. No time yet on when the inputting of edits will be done, but if I am not interrupted by life too much then I could (optimistically) be done by the end of this month.

Now, a topic I thought it meaningful to share my thoughts on.

It was very surprising to learn via an online article that nearly a quarter of Philadelphia’s adults cannot read, such being discussed in the context of voting and how candidates campaign.

This fact was shared through a piece posted on Billy Penn (at https://billypenn.com/2019/04/29/nearly-a-quarter-of-philly-adults-cant-read-but-they-still-vote/?fbclid=IwAR1vi2e94QluPp-gglTWrRP8KjjuCbPctOF8V4cG-uSC-y2IPKawjOaEi04): “In 2019, candidates continue to encounter illiteracy on the campaign trail. It’s a humbling reminder that, according to the most recent federal data, roughly 22 percent of Philadelphians aged 16 and older lack basic literacy skills. That’s the highest percentage in Pennsylvania; nearly one quarter of the city’s adult population.”

We want to help people with any of a variety of issues to live a fuller life. Typically, we assume that users will be able to read. So, what can we do for users unable to read? Perhaps we can make searching entries by voice commands a feature to develop at a later date. Accessibility for any application’s users should be a priority.

We at ME.mory have largely focused on accessibility for users with memory-related concerns. Yet this piece reminds us that accessibility can take on multiple forms. Users have many needs, often overlapping.

OK. We will aim to keep such in mind as our development continues.

Thanks for reading, and see you next time.

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