I joined Twitter in 2013, so I’ve been here a while! People are so open on this platform, and you never know who is watching. It’s a great place to just be you and learn from other people. I had a bit of a moment when Ariana Grande followed me in 2014; I hope she’s learning to code, but she’s probably reading my “Love Island” Tweets. When I started to build a following, I just joined conversations I was interested in and then created content that fit into that community building.
I started my career in marketing and PR for the film and TV industry, but I decided it was time for a career change and found a way into software engineering. As I got comfortable in that space, I was exposed to web accessibility kind of by accident. When I decided to start a YouTube channel with tech industry resources, I captioned my content because I personally like to watch videos with subtitles. I got responses from the Deaf community on Twitter who were able to follow along, and I made loads of friends in the Disability community. As my following grew, I thought, “why not include British Sign Language in my videos?” and I started working with @ambideafkid and @ASJA10_.
Another Twitter mutual approached me about working in web accessibility, specifically. Disability is a spectrum and I fall into some of those — so, as we talked through what working in accessibility means, I thought it was something that combined what I’m already quite good at (tech) with something I quite enjoy (accessibility conversations). I started working as a web accessibility advocate and am now engaging with the community that I really can relate to. I write content, I create videos, and I still do all the coding on the side. I managed to build up to where I am now, in terms of my advocacy, and now it feels pretty natural.