Mariella has established herself as a formidable force and trailblazer in the field of disability advocacy and technology and as a champion for inclusion and accessibility.
Mariella was on the path to law school but found the intersection of tech and social impact more fun and quit her federal job to pursue the road less traveled. She is the current Advocacy & Social Media Manager at AudioEye where she gets to use her 10+ years of technical experience as a software developer, designer, and project and community manager to build solutions at the intersection of education, government, and social justice. Her passion for this work was sparked by a personal experience in 2014 when she was pulled over by a police officer while living in Washington DC. As someone with hearing loss, she struggled to follow commands, and the situation quickly escalated. This experience left her deeply shaken, and she decided to dedicate herself to exploring and solving communication challenges for people with hearing disabilities. To pursue this goal, Mariella pursued a Master's degree in Communications at Georgetown, where she conducted research on how people with hearing disabilities receive and share information. From her research, she created her first product, a bumper sticker that reads "Deaf Driver," which solved the challenges faced by deaf drivers communicating their disability with police officers during traffic stops and avoiding escalations if a lack of responses is understood as non-compliance. One product led to her big idea and she created Project Hearing, a company that creates community events, workshops, and training on tools, emerging technologies, and best practices for people with hearing loss and their allies.
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