As a founder of an AI tech company, consultant, and speaker, I devote my time to democratizing access to information and increasing inclusion from marginalized communities. I’m driven to help change-makers whose mission is positively impacting the world and those who want to leverage AI to advanced technologies for equitable access.
I launched a startup changing the landscape of adaptive technologies for people with hearing loss to gain equal access at home, at work and in our community. My startup co-created a sound awareness app helping people “hear” critical sounds (like door knocks, fire alarms etc.) calling for their attention.
I’m currently a technical committee member for plain language with Accessibility Standards Canada and a steering committee member for Start Access, an initiative on AI equity with the American Association of People with Disabilities. I also participate as a board member with the Creative Users Projects, a digital network for disabled and deaf artists.
You can see me in the media, particularly Global News, TVOntario, Globe and Mail, and CBC. I’m among Canada’s 100 Black Women to Watch (2019).
Government of Ontario
Assistive tech for the deaf and hard of hearing (lisnen.com)
Creative Users Projects (creativeusers.net)
Click to see a complete list of past talks (scroll down to subheading "Past Talks").
Sample of Past Organizations:
British Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (BAPCO)
Toronto Public Library
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Government of Canada
A complete list of past speaking engagements and media coverage can be found on Informed Opinion.
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.