Molly Watt: Making a positive difference
15 Nov 2017
Guest blog post, written by Molly Watt
I am 23 years old and live with a condition called Usher Syndrome, the most common cause of congenital deafblindness. Currently there is no cure.
A lack of awareness of Usher Syndrome led to a very difficult school education with little appropriate support. This became even worse at university where I was told I’d never succeed in my initial chosen profession, leading me to turn my back on education and find my niche elsewhere. Today I am a director of Molly Watt Limited, a usability and accessibility consultancy and co founder of the Molly Watt Trust, a charity helping to raise awareness of Usher Syndrome and provide access to assistive technology.
I’m also a motivational speaker, author and illustrator of two children's books and avid blogger. An advocate and ambassador of both GN Resound and Sense, a national deafblind charity in the UK, I use my negative experiences to make a positive difference to others.
I’ve been working hard to raise awareness of accessibility needs since I was 15, but after a blog I wrote outlining how useful apple watch is to those with accessibility challenges went viral in 2015 I’ve reached out to an even greater number of people. Since then I’m proud to have spoken at the Houses of Parliament, Harvard Medical School, Apple Campus San Francisco on several occasions, Camp Digital, Manchester, BBC Accessibility Team, Government Digital Services Accessibility Champions, various NHS Trusts around the country and for private audiologists around the UK.
My passion is in accessibility and inclusion using assistive technology to enable and enhance the lives of people living with life changing conditions including ageing, and I’m really looking forward to speaking at Good Things Foundation’s Digital Evolution conference, where I’ll be explaining a bit more about what I do and why I do it.
Catch Molly Watt at the Digital Evolution conference on 30 November 2017. Tickets are available here.