A podcast about the possibilities of accessibility for people with disabilities.

AccessAbility Works is a podcast that explains authentic digital inclusion —ensuring that organizations’ digital offerings, websites, mobile apps, and work environments are accessible and usable to people of all abilities– and why it makes sense in the modern business world.

Through interviews with thought leaders and other experts in the business and non-profit world, Albert J. Rizzi and Jonathan Hermus make the case why digital equity is a win/win– both good for business and the right thing to do.

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Podcast Episode Number and Title Podcast Description and Media Player
Podcast Episode 002 Title: Jonathan’s Story

Episode 002 Title: Jonathan’s Story

Description:There are seven types of dyslexia, co-host Jonathan Hermus lives with most of them, joyfully claiming, “I put the sexy in dyslexia!” On this episode, he and co-host Albert Rizzi go over the different types of dyslexia. The boys discuss Jon’s journey and how he has been able to improvise, adapt, and overcome his difficulties in order to succeed in life.

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Podcast  Episode 001 Title: Albert’s Story

Episode 001 Title: Albert’s Story

Description: In January 2006, fungal meningitis robbed Albert Rizzi of his sight, but not his vision. Refusing to let blindness slow him down, he immediately began learning how to navigate the world as a person who just happened to be blind. You learn how he founded My Blind Spot, a NYC based nonprofit providing digital accessibility and usability testing and remediation reporting services, promoting digital equity while advocating for universal design and development of digital platforms to ensure authentic inclusion of Ability as a minority group in both our social and corporate cultures.

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Podcast Episode 000 Title: Learn About The AccessAbility Works Podcast Team And Mission

Episode 000 Title: Learn About The AccessAbility Works Podcast Team And Mission

Description:  In this introductory episode, you’ll meet Albert and Jonathan!  You’ll learn about the mission of the AccessAbility Works podcast and My Blind Spot, the nonprofit that Albert founded in 2009 after dealing with challenges he faced after losing his eyesight.

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About the Hosts

Albert J. Rizzi, Founder and CEO of My Blind Spot

In January 2006, fungal meningitis robbed Albert Rizzi of his sight, but not his vision. Refusing to let blindness slow him down, he immediately began learning how to navigate the world as a person who just happened to be blind.

Along the way, in 2009 he founded My Blind Spot, a nonprofit providing organizational audits and expert accessibility governance guidance, promoting inclusive digital design and true inclusion in corporate America for people with disabilities. Today, he continues his mission as a tireless advocate, debunking stereotypes, and speaks out for accessible technologies, employment, and financial independence for the entire disability community.

Contact Albert at: albert@myblindspot.org

Jonathan Hermus, Director of Marketing and Outreach

After joining the MBS team in January 2019, Jonathan used his creative skills as a writer when he reworked and refined Albert’s various presentations and interviews into a TEDx Talk. Drawing upon his own experiences around public speaking, Jonathan was able to weave together a narrative that embodied the essence of who Albert has been and continues to be. The resulting success propelled Jonathan up the ladder at MBS, from co-writing blog posts to flushing out speeches, ultimately positioning him as Director of Marketing and Outreach.

As a person with a print disability, Jonathan was a natural fit for advocating for accessible technologies, equal opportunity employment, and financial independence for people with a disability. Today he is working diligently alongside Albert as co-host of the AccessAbility Works podcast, as well as spreading the good word of authentic inclusion and digital equity as far and as wide as possible.

Contact Jonathan at: jonathan@myblindspot.org

Be a Guest on the Podcast

If you think that you or someone you know would be a great guest for the AccessAbility Works podcast, drop a line at podcast@myblindspot.org

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