Sommer Panage

iOS Engineer | Accessibility Specialist | Manager

Accessibility is for Every One

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Back when I worked at Apple, on the Accessibility Team, we’d often receive bug reports from customers. Sometimes we’d get hundreds of the same one, and sometimes just a few. However, there was a certain class of reports that this story is about. It went something like this, “Hello, I have this specific disability X. It causes these symptoms and issues for me. When I try to do Y in your product, I cannot. Read more...

One Month without Twitter

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It wouldn’t be a social media “cleanse” if I didn’t write a blog post about it, would it? Jokes aside, a month without social media was a fascinating experience for me…both in how mundane it was and how extraordinary. I’ll start with the mundane. I had more time to do things I liked In news that will shock no one, not being able to doom scroll meant that when I reached for my phone, there was nothing to do. Read more...

Hello New Website!

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I’ve been wanting to update my website for a long time. Not for any particular reason; the old one was fine and did the job. I just felt the urge to tinker! I’m not much of a web dev. Though my early programming years were spent dabbling in HTML and CSS, that was long forgotten after oscillating between between a chemical engineering major, a music major, and, finally, a psych major. Read more...

One Year Later

One year ago today, I quit my full-time job as a software engineer at Twitter to “run away with the circus.” The idea was that I would give myself one year to get some sort of meaningful work in the circus industry — a tour…a contract at a theme park…a cruise ship gig… It didn’t have to be my dream job, but I wanted to see if I could at least get my foot in the door somewhere. Read more...

Auditioning for Le Rêve in Las Vegas

On April 20, 2015 I auditioned for Le Rêve in Las Vegas as a generalist. Spoiler: I got cut. The foggy, mysterious setting before Le Rêve begins. The internet tends to be a place where we showcase our successes. The photos that make us look good, not the ones where one eye is half-closed and our gut is sticking out. We share our new jobs, our exciting life events and major landmark decisions. Read more...