Snapshot: Itto Outini (Morocco, 2017/18)
Blind and visually impaired people have used social media heavily to exchange knowledge, express their opinion, integrate with communities and become a part of society
The Fulbright program's impact on my life has helped me socially and professionally. It has given me the opportunity to meet like-minded people from all over the globe who have the same goals to achieve. I am grateful to be able to bring their attention to disability issues, especially in developing countries.
Social network sites have helped include minorities in their platforms, such as the blind and visually impaired with screen reading technology. This category of people have used social media heavily to exchange knowledge, express their opinion, integrate with communities and become a part of society. Though screen reading technology has helped, the blind and visually impaired still face accessibility issues with some third-party apps leading them to be banned from the use of inaccessible sites.
My personal goal is to become a journalist and human rights activist. I am hoping to start my NGO to teach English online globally, and help people to prepare for exams such as: TOEFL, GRE, LSAT, etc. I myself needed the help and without it I would not be the person I am today. Through the connections that I have made during my Fulbright, I have brought together a group of people who have the same mission. Together as one we can change the world.
Itto Outini is a 2017-2019 Fulbright student from Morocco. She has just completed her Masters in Journalism at the University of Arkansas, and is now exploring ways of using her education, life experience, and expertise to become a voice for the voiceless. You can follow Itto on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Itto has just taken part in a video interview for the Net:work?: A Fulbrighter Conversation series. Here's a clip: