At just 22 years old, Jordyn Castor is making quite the impact in the world of computer programming and software engineering.
Being born blind hasn’t stopped Castor from pursuing her goals including graduating with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Michigan State University in 2015. She had already started making a name for herself while in college including working with a group of students in the development of anatomy models to be used by a blind student where she assisted with checking the accuracy of the accessible design of the models and accompanying Braille text. In 2011 she was an engineering project assistant on a project where she tested and provided feedback for an Android and iPhone app that assisted blind and sighted students in navigating the Michigan State campus.
Being a user of adaptive technology her entire life she tells a story of being impressed with the accessibility features that come standard on many Apple devices and shared this passion with the company at a job fair during her senior year of college and was offered an internship with the company.
After graduation she spent the summer as a Software Engineering Intern at Apple as part of the company’s Accessibility Design and Quality Team where she spent four months implementing IOS Accessibility Automation testing for the VoiceOver Braille Screen Input feature.
Knowing her drive and skill set, Apple hired her in January of 2016 as a software engineer on the accessibility design and quality team. In an effort to help build up the next generation of engineers she was a driving force behind accessibility on Apple’s Swift Playgrounds–an intro-to-coding program geared toward children. Castor’s efforts have focused on making the program accessible to blind children–a tool that these children have been waiting for and she was happy to be able to be part of providing it.
Written by Angela Goad