World Braille Day is January 4, and today LSC is celebrating Apple engineer Jordyn Castor!
Jordyn Castor is completely blind. She was born 15 weeks early, weighing only 1 lb, 9 oz. Since birth, she has been defying odds and expectations.
Castor is an Accessibility Quality Assurance Engineer at Apple’s Headquarters in Cupertino, CA. Her interest in the company started when she received an iPad for her 17th birthday. Castor’s amazement at the iPad’s immediate accessibility increased her passion for “enabling people of all abilities to live productive and independent lives.”
Her career with the company started with an internship while she was a student at Michigan State University, where she was completing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
Castor was ultimately hired full time as an engineer on the accessibility design and quality team. As part of this team, she says she is “directly impacting the lives of the blind community," and gets “great fulfillment and joy” from her work on the VoiceOver screen reader and Braille support.
“My blindness is just a characteristic,” Castor has said. “It has never defined me or my goals, hopes, and dreams for the future.”