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Accessibility technology is the next big market, but teenage journalist (and power wheelchair user) Emily Flores is looking for tech giants to do better in 2022, and she’s using her Cripple Media brand to make sure they listen.
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced a “doubling down” on investment in technology for people with disabilities through multiple AI for Accessibility Grants. “If there is one thing we have learned from 25 years of work on accessibility at Microsoft, it’s this: People with disabilities represent one of the world’s largest untapped talent pools, but we all need to act with bolder ambition to empower disabled talent to achieve more,” the company said at the time.
One power wheelchair user who is doing just that is 19-year-old Emily Flores. Four years ago, frustrated with the lack of disabled teen representation online (and inspired by Tavi Gevinson’s millennial brand ROOKIE), Flores founded Cripple Media, the first Gen Z digital platform for, and created by, teens with disabilities.