After focusing fully on recovery for two years, it was time to focus back on work and my social life. What this meant was accepting that my condition would forever name me as a person with a disability. So, I began to think about how I can use this new level of empathy to design more inclusive digital products. I continued pursuing my passion for human-centered design while considering the millions who want an opportunity and are capable yet face obstacles and companies that lack empathy and understanding.
In my search, I was fortunate enough to find and join Kin + Carta, which proved to me that my limits are only in my mind. I remember my dad recommending to me not to mention the brain tumors upon applying, as he feared it would limit my potential to be hired. However, this absolutely wasn’t the case. Despite disclosing my situation from the beginning, the Kin + Carta team decided to move forward with me and give me an opportunity.
Being a woman with a disability has made me fear that many doors would close for me, but this hasn’t been the case. The tech industry has the advantage that everything can be digital. I have been lucky to work from home quite a bit with our company’s hybrid work model, which means I don’t have to cope with the headaches of public transportation. These headaches, for me, are barriers that can be very limiting.