Dear Dr. Urmson,
I wanted to express my passionate interest in working with you to test and hopefully provide automated driving technology for use by disabled individuals. In the modern world, transportation is the greatest struggle for people with disabilities. This disadvantage prevents the disabled from being productive members of society, since employment opportunities are often difficult, if not impossible, to access. I believe that the automated driving technology currently being developed by Google will better the lives of the disabled once the technology is installed in a wheelchair-accessible vehicle.
I would like to be involved in the testing of this technology within a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, to not only document my experience with the vehicle, but to suggest possible improvements to the vehicle and the automated driving technology. By recording its effects on my quality of life, I believe I could provide hands-on examples of how it can improve the lives of those who have difficulty accessing both private and public transportation.
I was born with Cerebral Palsy and I have utilized an electric wheelchair my entire life. That being said, this has not prevented me from achieving anything. I am unable to drive; this not only makes me dependent on others for even the simplest of errands, but is now beginning to impact advancement in my career. After receiving my bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, I went on to earn a Masters in Social Work from New York University. I currently work as a Social Worker for Jawonio, an organization dedicated to helping disabled children and adults. I work with disabled adults like myself, helping them meet the challenges of living with disabilities. For many of the people I work with, your technology would change their lives, eliminating major limitations for so many, including myself.
I believe I could contribute valuable information during the development and testing process of this technology for use within wheelchair-accessible vehicles. In helping your team bring this technology to the world, I would be doing something with my life that I have only dreamed of until now. If you would give me an opportunity to assist with this project, it would mean a great deal to me, and by extension, the disabled community. I look forward to speaking with you in the future.