Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Steve Jobs, Thank You for Contributing to My indePendence

Filed under: Living with a disability — by Glenda at 6:55 pm on Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

With the rest of the technologically innovative world, I am saddened by the passing, today, of Steve Jobs due to pancreatic cancer.

Damn cancer.

I have written many posts on how the iPad changed my life in a relatively short time; on how the iPad gave me an affordable, acceptable and cool communication device and how that has further opened the world and opportunities to me.

But one intended post I didn’t write – partly because I didn’t know how to express my sentiments and partly because I thought I still had time – was a thank you to Steve Jobs for his innovative vision and to the Apple Development Team for turning his vision into reality. 

Steve, your iPad gave me something that no other device has: a way to communicate with those who are not familiar with my unique accent Glenda-ish. I cannot find the words to express how grateful I am for that; something which others may brush off as insignificant, but, for me, is a life changer and hugely contributes to my independence.

And, I am not the only life you have changed with the iPad and other Apple devices. Because you were visionary enough to include accessibility in the product development phase, rather than as an afterthought, many people with disabilities have benefitted and have had their life changed.

For this, I thank you, a little too late. I just hope you knew, somehow, before today.

Thank you for your vision, for living your passion and for changing the world in the ways you did.

You will be missed.

(Please excuse any typos or other errors. Typing through tears  is difficult.)

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Comment by Avril

October 5, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

A huge loss to the world. He will indeed be missed. But what a legacy he leaves behind! And his spirit will surely live on in the people who have been inspired by him.

It’s a joy to read about the ways in which the iPad has improved your life, Glenda! I confess that I’ve been only mildly enthusiastic about the iPad and don’t use mine all that much. But knowing what it’s meant to you and the new avenues of communication it’s opened up for you makes me feel much more warmly toward it. One of these days I’ll learn to use it more effectively, as it has great capabilities for drawing as well – I’m just too lazy to learn how to use them!

Comment by Marissa

October 5, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

Beautiful and well said!

Comment by karen

October 5, 2011 @ 11:09 pm


That was lovely. I am pretty sure that people told him, that he knew.

I wept big tears today over this too.


Comment by Douglas T

October 6, 2011 @ 6:15 am

I came looking for this post. I didn’t hear about it. I hadn’t seen a tweet or a link. I knew you would have written one.
Your voice is part of Mr. Jobs’ legacy.

Comment by MaryT

October 9, 2011 @ 4:26 am

I have Type 2 diabetes which has become rather debilitating. My Apple products have helped me reach out to others for support. What Steve Jobs has given us can never be expressed.

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