“Apple engineer Jordyn Castor has never been one for limitations,” Katie Dupere reports for Mashable. “She was born 15 weeks early, weighing just under two pounds. Her grandfather could hold her in the palm of his hand, and could even slide his wedding ring along her arm and over her shoulder. Doctors said she had a slim chance of survival.”

“Castor, now 22, has been blind since birth, a result of her early delivery. But throughout childhood, her parents encouraged her to defy expectations of people with disabilities, motivating her to be adventurous, hands-on and insatiably curious,” Dupere reports. “She says the adults in her life would often hand her a gadget, telling her to figure it out and show them how to use it. And she would.”

“‘I realized then I could code on the computer to have it fulfill the tasks I wanted it to,’ says Castor, whose current work focuses on enhancing features like VoiceOver for blind Apple users,” Dupere reports. “‘I came to realize that with my knowledge of computers and technology, I could help change the world for people with disabilities,’ [says Castor]. ‘I could help make technology more accessible for blind users.'”

Much more in the full article – highly recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: Jordyn Castor is inspiring – as are Apple’s accessibility efforts!

Apple continues to lead in accessibility awareness and innovation – May 19, 2016
How a simple Apple feature is changing lives – July 28, 2015
How the Apple Watch is opening up new ways to communicate – May 20, 2015
You know, blind people can actually use touchscreens – January 29, 2015
iPad app brings Braille keyboard to blind users’ fingertips – January 24, 2015
Apple patent applications reveal In-App features, fingerprint scanning enrollment and accessibility inventions – July 31, 2014
OS X Mavericks: How to control your Mac with your voice – April 9, 2014
Can Apple help make hearing aids cool? – March 10, 2014
Apple files new patents relating to haptics, Thunderbolt, iSight and improved accessibility for the hearing impaired – August 23, 2012
Inside Apple’s OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: New iOS-style Accessibility – July 18, 2012
Stevie Wonder thanks Steve Jobs, praises Apple for iOS accessibility – September 15, 2011
Good news for music fans with vision loss: Apple adds accessibility features to iPod nano and iTunes – September 18, 2008

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]