Adaptive Design Inclusive tech and Disability Advocacy

Albert Rizzi

Founder & CEO My Blindspot

Albert J. Rizzi is the Founder of My Blind Spot. Albert received his B.A. from Manhattanville College and has dual M.S. degrees from St. John’s University in education—one in early childhood and the other in administration and supervision. He was a New York City Teaching Fellow and began his career in education as a kindergarten teacher. He became the Executive Director of MARC After-School and Pre-K Program located in the South Bronx, providing direct services to 250 students and their families. 

In 2006, Albert unexpectedly and completely lost his sight after contracting a lethal form of fungal meningitis that attacked his optic nerve and left him blind. Fortunately, after 2 months in the hospital, Albert beat the odds and started to live his life as a man who had been robbed of his sight, but not his vision. 

He became an activist and advocate for the blind and print-disabled, providing education and awareness around virtual accessibility for digital platforms and building awareness of assistive technologies used by members of the disability community. 

In 2009, Albert founded a non-profit organization, myblindspot.org, dedicated to Inspiring Accessibility for All! My Blind Spot is founded on the belief that access to the right to tools promotes ability and restores infinite possibilities.

He speaks out for accessible technologies, employment, and financial independence for the disability community, particularly for people who are blind or print disabled.

Albert has addressed thousands of people across the U.S. and internationally. His unique blend of passion, optimism, humor, and outspokenness make him a sought-after speaker who engages and inspires audiences of all ages.

He is a sought-after change-agent and global thinker skilled at forging strategic alliances across industries, business units and government. agencies. 

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