Jamestown Woman Featured in New Apple Accessibility Video


JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – A Jamestown woman is the focus of a new Apple ad featuring accessibility of their products.

Sady Paulson has continued to defy the limitations of cerebral palsy, having graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Digital Cinematography at Full Sail University. Sady is responsible for creating a short film for Apple, depicting people with disabilities using accessibility features with their products.

In an interview with Mashable, Sady states that technology has allowed her and others to achieve their maximum potential.

“Technology can provide people with access and allow them to tap into their true abilities,” Sady tells Mashable via email. “It also allows people [without disabilities] to see that physical limitations do not define a person with a disability.”

Sady uses Switch Control to edit video, as she did for the Apple ad.

“Before Switch Control, there were limitations to what I could do and how long it would take me,” she tells Mashable via email. “These were physical limitations that held me back from realizing my dreams. But I knew all along that I had the ability, the creativity and the passion. Switch Control has removed those barriers and empowered me to access my abilities and pursue my passion.”

Sarah Herrlinger is Senior Manager for Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives. She tells Mashable that standardized accessibility has always been at the core of Apple innovation.

“When we build technology, we want to give people the basic foundation elements that will give them the opportunity to do whatever it is that they want to do,” Herrlinger stated.”The technology is the foundation, but what people do with it is their own.”

The nearly 2 minute video was published October 27th and features Sady’s editing and narration, with help from Siri.

“I challenge people to not think that I am different. I challenge them to look at me differently,” Sady says to Mashable. “Look beyond my disability and see me for who I am. Look how I challenge every misconception and shatter stereotypes.”

You can find the full video below. Cover photo courtesy of Apple.

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