Accessibility at AIOPSGROUP | The Journey of Borislav Staykov

Accessibility at AIOPSGROUP | The Journey of Borislav Staykov

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Accessibility is often neglected in today’s digital ecosystem. Yet, Borislav Staykov stands as a beacon of innovation and commitment. Born with congenital glaucoma and having faced significant challenges, including losing an eye due to a medical error, Borislav’s journey is not just about overcoming obstacles, but about transforming them into pathways for others. His story is a profound reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of technology. 

From a tender age, Borislav was fascinated by the inner workings of computers. By nine, he was already exploring the realms of technology, learning to operate, disassemble, and reassemble computers – skills he mastered before the search engines made information readily accessible. By twelve, he was not just a curious student of technology – he was a service provider, fixing computers for a fee. This early start laid a solid foundation for his future endeavors. 

Borislav’s technical skills are matched by his dedication to service, particularly for those with impaired vision. From his youth, he has been actively involved in empowering the visually impaired community, helping them navigate and connect with the world through technology. His efforts extend beyond personal passion – they are a vital service to a community often left at the margins of the digital revolution. 

In Bulgaria, where only a handful of visually impaired individuals work as QA specialists, Borislav is a crucial link. His work in digital accessibility consultancy is not just a job – it’s a mission. He works tirelessly to ensure that digital platforms consider the needs of those who rely on assistive technologies. With the European Accessibility Act (EAA) set to be enforced in June 2025, Borislav’s expertise is more crucial than ever. He is at the forefront, ensuring that the digital world becomes a place where inclusivity is not just an afterthought but a fundamental aspect of technology.  

Beyond his professional achievements, Borislav’s personal life is equally rich and inspiring. His passion for digital music, which began with creating an online radio station at 14, continues to be a source of joy and inspiration. Moreover, his foray into politics, running for mayor and municipal councilor, underscores his commitment to societal change, particularly in creating inclusive policies for people with disabilities. 

Borislav Staykov’s life is a narrative of resilience, innovation, and advocacy. His journey from a young tech enthusiast to a key advocate for digital accessibility underscores the potential of technology to bridge gaps and build communities. As we edge closer to a fully digital future, Borislav’s contributions remind us that technology is at its best when it is accessible to all. His closing thought encapsulates this ethos perfectly: “In order to achieve digital accessibility, one needs to understand the unique perspectives of those who use assistive technologies.” Borislav is not just living this truth; he is leading the way for others to follow. 

Join us in celebrating the contributions of individuals like Borislav who ensure that our rapidly digitalizing world, everyone is included. Let’s commit to learning, adapting, and advocating for a digitally inclusive society together. 

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Author:

Ivan Gladkov

Accessibility, Marketing Specialist

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