Some animals in Argentina are fortunate to have the generous and tireless support of Carolina Ragazzon, who fights to help others despite their disabilities.
With psoriasis arthritis, Carolina has difficulty moving her hands, wrists, neck and hip; she has one good eye, but the other is ulcerated and only distinguishes colors or shapes. These circumstances don’t stop her from giving back and prioritizing the well-being of others; in fact, they help motivate her.
Carolina is an engineer and data analyst for Lenovo’s global reporting team and a passionate advocate for Lenovo’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives. While Carolina works on her technical duties and purpose-driven work at Lenovo, she has maintained a personal passion for helping animals in any way she can. That outreach led her to someone extraordinary: Teté.
Carolina met her friend Teté through an animal rescue group. Teté posted photos of animals she rescued or that needed help, but rarely of herself. After the two became close friends over email, Carolina traveled to the city of Teté to meet her in person.
“When I saw her in the wheelchair, I was stunned!” Carolina said. “I never thought it could be her. It was hard to believe that Teté, as the person who rescued so many animals, especially cats and dogs, was in such physical condition. I mean, she went to different places in her wheelchair to rescue animals, no matter if it was raining, hot or muddy.”
For Carolina, Teté embodies resilience. Teté lives in a wheelchair and carries an oxygen tank. She can only move her right hand, which she uses to work her magic: she writes poems, short stories and paints beautifully on the computer.
“Teté used to have a tower computer that was very old,” says Carolina. “When I got the bonus from our company, I bought her something! I chose a ThinkPad, which has excellent product accessibility. I even found out that Lenovo designed keyboards specifically for people like us who often spill water. Now that Teté has a Thinkpad, she takes classes on programming, software testing, graphic design and community management. Even though she never had the opportunity to work, she is still learning. She is very active – much more active than me!”
Lenovo’s celebration of people with disabilities and accessible innovation means a lot to Carolina. “For me, accessibility is a way of life. I’m glad this story came out, no longer hidden. The more visible we, people with disabilities, are, the better society/community will be. I hope we recognize differences and special needs that we should include and NOT exclude. Invite the different ones!”
Lenovo’s Product Diversity Office connects Lenovo’s disability inclusion efforts to emerging technology by working with product teams across the company to ensure emerging technology is accessible to everyone, regardless of their background or skill set. People with disabilities should be empowered by technology, which is part of Lenovo’s goal to deliver smarter technology for all, something Carolina exemplifies.
“I would also like to mention another group that has not been taken into account: people who follow special diets due to health problems, diabetics, celiacs, vegetarians, vegans, etc. They are other groups that are hardly taken into account because of their differences”
Thank you to Carolina for sharing her story with us. Lenovo is proud to support Carolina’s community efforts and program involvement, especially through employee donation programs, so she can grow her impact in the community, whether it’s helping rescued animals or advocating for the disabled. We look forward to hearing more of her insights on how product accessibility can increase community impact for people like Teté.