It all started from a single event that changed everything. One night, I slept through a fire drill. It happened because I’m hard of hearing and was not wearing my hearing aids.
I took the seed of an idea and made it a reality. I launched Lisnen to apply artificial intelligence (AI) and use smart devices with microphones to listen to nearby sounds. Our AI-led app can detect specific emergency sounds or noises that need our attention to send an alert.
I envision a connected world of data, AI, IoT, and smart devices to help people with hearing loss connect and build awareness in public spaces. If you want to help me build this future, contact me.
Along the way, I learned much about accessibility, disability inclusion, partnerships, marketing, sales, and what it takes to launch an artificial intelligence product for social good.
I’ve openly shared my experiences and learnings with others. I’ve been featured in OntarioTV, Huffington Post, Globe and Mail, Global TV, Toronto Star, and many more.
As I got access to the behind-the-scenes of building an AI product, I became the first person with a disability to become a ForHumanity Certified Auditor in accessibility and disability inclusion.
I’m a member of a few provincial and federal government-level committees and boards. I’m a technical member of Plain Language for Accessibility Standards Canada, the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council for the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility, a Steering Committee member on AI for the American Association for People with Disabilities, and a board member for Creative Users Projects, to name a few.
I won the 2023 Women in IT Canada Impactful Award and Canada’s 100 Black Women to Watch in 2019.
Aside from my work on lisnen, my strength lies in my storytelling abilities that can get the crowd inspired and create value for other businesses by helping them grow or create change.
If you’re feeling like you’d like to chat, email me at info [@] eyraabraham [.] com!
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Eyra Abraham brings her whole self to every conversation. She is committed to her work and devoted to helping others understand how they can improve experiences for people with disabilities.
At #a11yTO, we encourage learning, sharing experiences and ideas, providing solutions, and collaboration towards building more inclusive digital products. Eyra’s attitude and presentation style match our values.
Eyra is not only a fantastic communicator, but also a pleasure to work with. Her presentation on how technology can empower people of all abilities brought a much-needed discussion to FWD50, and gave thousands of public servants from around the world a unique insight into the importance of digital innovation.
Toronto Womxn in Data Science was honoured to have Eyra as a speaker at our annual conference twice! Eyra is knowledgeable and engaging and a joy to work with. Her unique combination of AI and tech knowledge and being an accessibility advocate is priceless. Each time she’s presented, we’ve received positive feedback from attendees highlighting her teaching moments. We look forward to booking Eyra as she always brings fresh new perspectives and ideas to a field that overlooks the unique needs of those with disabilities.
A detailed list of past speaking engagements and media coverage can be found on Informed Opinion.