Nerd Talk

What does accessibility really mean

Jun 03, 2023

We hear the word “accessibility” every day in our workplaces and on social networking sites, but what does it really mean? Living with her mother, who is blind, Saki saw her mother’s quality of life and independence improve little by little but dramatically, and realized that technology has the power to change our lives. After many twists and turns, Saki became a UX researcher with a passion for creating a better world for everyone, regardless of ability. In her talk, she will discuss what accessibility means to her, how she sees the world, and how she uses her experience to work as a UX Researcher.

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Saki Asakawa

UX Reseacher, Woven by Toyota

Saki is a user experience researcher with a passion for accessibility and inclusive design. She currently works for Woven by Toyota, which is building Woven City as a Test Course for mobility. As a UX researcher, she is involved in projects from problem-finding to problem-solving with mixed research methods.Prior to that, she studied and worked in the United States, previously working as a researcher focused on accessibility at Google, New York University, and Carnegie Mellon University. With a background in design and engineering, she is passionate about exploring the intersection of hardware and software to maximize user benefits.Having a blind mother, she believes that technology has the power to enrich our lives and help people. She advocates that accessibility is not a special consideration and ultimately benefits diverse users.