Matt King

What social media looks like when you can’t see

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About Matt King

As Facebook’s first blind engineer, Matt King is shattering boundaries in software accessibility for people with disabilities. Born legally blind as a result of retinitis pigmentosa, Matt lost his remaining vision while at the University Of Notre Dame and had to learn to rely on screen reading software when using computers. Seeing the potential of such software but frustrated by its limitations, Matt began dedicating his free time to improving it. Previously at IBM and currently at Facebook, Matt is focused on inventing and developing the scaffolding needed to create accessible, equitable and enjoyable online experiences for people with disabilities. Matt is a three-time Paralympian, record-breaking tandem cyclist and the only blind championship medal holder in the field of US elite track cyclists.

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A record-breaking tandem cyclist and three-time Paralympian, Matt King is no stranger to shattering expectations. Today, Matt works at Facebook, where he continues to push the limits as the company's first blind Accessibility Engineer. 
Driven by a mission to make accessibility more pervasive in our technological world, Matt is determined to provide people from across the ability spectrum with accessible platforms for social networking and self-expression. Tune in to Matt's 2017 TEMED Talk to find out how he is using assistive technology to close the disability-accessibility gap online.

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