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Fargo women inspires people to look beyond disabilities

February 19, 2019

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo woman featured in an Apple commercial that was broadcast during this year’s Super Bowl is challenging everyone to look differently at people who have disabilities.

Sady Paulson graduated from Full Sail University near the top of her class with a degree in Digital Cinema, despite having cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects her motor skills.

“The beautiful thing about it was it was all online, so no one on the other end knew that she had a disability. All they saw was her abilities. Even her teachers didn’t know that she had a disability,” said Mark Coppin, who works at the Anne Carlsen Center — a nonprofit that provides services for North Dakota residents with disabilities.

Sady acknowledges her work wouldn’t be possible without the support of the Anne Carlsen Center, KVRR-TV reported.

Coppin introduced Sady to switch access, which is a scanning program that allows her to edit videos. Sady was discovered by Apple after Coppin submitted a video of her using the tool.

“The world has a lot more user-friendly technologies and tools for people with disabilities than in the past. But we can always make new improvements and accessibility tools,” Sady said. “I would like a solution where my communication is immediate just like everyone else.”

She now works as an Apple Distinguished Educator, speaking about accessibility to classes across the world

“The biggest thing that I learned is that I should never give up on anything that I want to do or give up on my dreams for my life,” Sady said.

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Information from: KVRR-TV, http://kftv.com