Accessibility from the Start

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May 16 2019 74 mins   120

'Accessibility from the start' means SharePoint, OneDrive and other Microsoft 365 apps aspire to "represent the voice of people with disabilities" throughout planning, development, design, testing and into production with continuous feedback. It's something that must be built into every product Microsoft makes so that our offerings are inclusive for everyone. In this episode, we hear from three accessibility experts: Megan Lawrence, PhD (senior technical evangelist - Microsoft), Eli Waalkes (senior program manager - SharePoint) and Lauren Back (usability engineering from HCL Technologies). Enjoy the show!

Running Time: 75min

Show Intro [00:00:00:00]

Topic of the Week – Accessibility

Guest Perspective – Megan Lawrence [00:05:45:00]

Guest Perspective – Eli Waalkes [00:28:15:00]

Guest Perspective – Lauren Back [00:45:00:00]

Upcoming Events [01:06:05:00]

FAQs Roundtable [01:07:55:00]

Show Wrap [01:13:20:00]

Social and Info Links:

SharePoint Community Blog

SharePoint @SharePoint

Mark Kashman @mkashman

Chris McNulty @cmcnulty2000

Eli Waalkes LinkedIn | Twitter

Megan Lawrence LinkedIn | Twitter

Lauren Back LinkedIn | HCL Technologies

Microsoft Accessibility @MSFTEnable


Microsoft Accessibility Blog - Making technology easier to see, hear and use!

Microsoft Accessibility Features spotlight Sway

"Hearing is Believing – Researchers’ innovation provides a richer web-browsing experience for people who are blind"

GAAD | Facebook | Twitter May 1,6 2019 and marks the eighth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.

Office: Accessibility Checker, Live captioning in Teams & PowerPoint, Immersive Reader in Edge & Office apps, working with screen readers (ref: "An inclusive Office 365")

Xbox: Adaptive Controller

Enable(ing) people to do more with Dr. Rico Malvar (Microsoft Research podcast)

Accessibility Learning Webinar Series

Windows 10 accessibility features empower everyone (video w/audio description)

Microsoft Accessibility Standards (MAS)

Microsoft Accessibility Site |Twitter | YouTube

Autism Acceptance Month Site | Twitter | Facebook

Section 508

BrailleNote Touch

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Ed Roberts, the Disability Rights Movement and the ADA virtual exhibit by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

"The Grown-Ups" (film) In a school for individuals with Down Syndrome, four middle-aged friends yearn for a life of greater autonomy in a society that marginalizes them as disabled.

Upcoming Events:

SharePoint Fest @SharePointFest

SharePoint Conference North America, May 21-23, Las Vegas, NV

European Collaboration Summit, Wiesbaden, Germany, May 27-29, 2019

Microsoft Ignite | The Tour (various cities worldwide)

Microsoft Business Applications Summit, Atlanta, GA, June 10-11, 2019

ESPC, European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference - Dec.2-5 (Prague, Czech Republic)

CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 9-13, 2020, Anaheim, CA

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