The Amazon principal accessibility researcher shares how he’s helping make devices more inclusive. For millions of Amazon customers with disabilities, even simple accessibility features make a big difference. Everything that makes somebody’s life a little better is exciting to me, says Josh Miele. “Anything that Amazon does impacts an enormous number of people.”
Miele, a principal accessibility researcher, is part of the Amazon team that brings these features to life—innovating on behalf of customers to make products more accessible. His primary job is to help Amazon develop things like tablets, TVs, and Alexa-enabled devices that are accessible for people with disabilities.
His work has earned the Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio Description, by the Audio Description Project of the American Council of the Blind. He was also inducted into the 2021 class of MacArthur Fellows, which recognized his many decades of designing cutting-edge accessible experiences for people who are blind and low vision.