Angel acquired her impairment at 19, a time when most people are just figuring out what they want to do.
Without an established career path, she tried a few different things, running a successful mobile makeup business before moving to San Francisco with her husband, Scott, a software engineer.
“The fact that I identify as disabled is alarming to some employers, and finding long-term employment proved challenging after acquiring my impairment,” she says.
She has slowly learned to code through her partner and online courses, her vision being to join the “family” industry.
“I have a good understanding of HTML and CSS, now I’m learning Ruby and I’m finding that really exciting, I love the language and it’s a bit more creative I guess. I’m finding it lots of fun.”
Angel has been involved in the development of apps with Scott, one of which, Notify (acquired and re-branded FOMO in 2016), displays real-time sales via a popup to build social proof and create a FOMO effect that makes shoppers more likely to commit.
She’s now advocacy manager and ambassador for Starting With Julius, which promotes the better and greater representation of people with disability in media and communications in Australia.
On top of it all, Angel has also dabbled in learning CAD in a effort to design a line of walking canes. She has since outsourced the design which is in its final round of prototyping.
“Our cane has a few features that we will patent because they don’t exist yet. They’re really small but important differences that will change the way that people experience the world while using a cane. I don’t care if I sell one or 1,000,000, I just want to sell one and change one person’s life and I’m done.”
Angel’s career pathway
>> Model, Bezgraniz couture
>> Coder, marketing manager and business owner, Notify app
>> Advocacy Manager & Ambassador, Starting With Julius
“Our cane has a few features that we will patent because they don’t exist yet… I don’t care if I sell one or 1,000,000, I just want to sell one and change one person’s life and I’m done.”
Author: Heather Catchpole
Heather co-founded Careers with STEM publisher Refraction Media. She loves storytelling, Asian food & dogs and has reported on science stories from live volcanoes and fossil digs