Microsoft Accessibility Team at CSUN Assistive Technology Conference.
Update: Resources for CSUN Attendees
- For those of you attending the CSUN conference, you can Download Presentation Slides in advance.
- Our staff will be on hand to welcome you to our booth, #609 in the Exhibit Hall. Stop by for one of our short lightening talk demos happening throughout each day March 13-15. Download the Microsoft Exhibit Booth Demo & Short Talks Schedule.
Microsoft at CSUN 2019
The 34th annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference is March 11-15 at the Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, California. At Microsoft, we are very excited to see our partners, customers and members of the community all come together.
As you plan your conference schedule, we invite you to join us at our sessions, listed below. Links are included to easily add sessions to your calendar, through iCal or Outlook.
Throughout the conference, our engineers, program managers, and researchers are presenting Microsoft’s commitment to, and progress in, accessibility, with sessions addressing:
- New features for accessibility in Microsoft products and services.
- How we’ve built and sustained an inclusive work environment and culture at Microsoft.
- Cutting-edge work in Microsoft Research that is paving the way for the future in accessibility.
- Developer, IT, and enterprise tools, tips, and best practices.
- How we are prioritizing customer feedback and where to share your own questions, comments and concerns.
Session attendees have a chance to win cool prizes like Ninja Cat t-shirts, the Xbox Adaptive Controller, copies of Office 365 and more.
All sessions, unless otherwise noted, are in Platinum Ballroom 7-Microsoft, on the main floor of the Anaheim Marriott hotel. See you there!
Wednesday, March 13
9 a.m. Acc to the Future: Microsoft’s Vision for the Future of Accessibility
Technology has the power to change lives. Learn about Microsoft’s approach to accessibility, our vision for the future, and how AI is changing the game.
- Session details: Acc to the Future: Microsoft’s Vision for the Future of Accessibility – Presented by Jenny Lay-Flurrie
- Add Wednesday 9 a.m. session to calendar
- Follow Jenny on Twitter @jennylayfluffy
10 a.m. AI for Accessibility: Practical Guidance to Get Started
Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility program intends to accelerate the development of accessible intelligent solutions. We’ll share what we’ve learned, who we’ve funded, and what’s next.
- Session details: AI for Accessibility: Practical Guidance to Get Started – Presented by Guy Barker, Wendy Chisholm and Heather Dowdy
- Add Wednesday 10 a.m. session to calendar
- Follow Guy on Twitter @gbarkerZ
- Follow Wendy on Twitter @wendyabc
11 a.m. Narrator 101: Introduction to Narrator Including Web, Email, Tips and More
During this session you will learn basic techniques for using Windows Narrator screenreader to perform daily tasks, such as email and browsing the web.
- Session details: Narrator 101: Introduction to Narrator Including Web, Email, Tips and More – Presented by Jeff Bishop, Mariah Moon and Crystal Jones
- Add Wednesday 11 a.m. session to calendar
- Follow Jeff on Twitter @JeffBishop
1:20 p.m. Empower Inclusive Learning with Microsoft 365 Education
Discover accessible and intelligent technologies to personalize learning for students with disabilities and create content that engages a diverse classroom audience.
- Session details: Empower Inclusive Learning with Microsoft 365 Education – Presented by Megan Lawrence and Sasha Sproch
- Add Wednesday 1:20 p.m. session to calendar
- Follow Megan on Twitter @accessgo
2:20 p.m. Adventures with Soundscape
Learn how people who are blind are using Microsoft Soundscapes to take on new adventures, from kayaking to hiking to traveling the globe.
- Session details: Adventures with Soundscape – Presented by Jarnail Chudge and Amos Miller
- Add Wednesday 2:20 p.m. session to calendar
- Follow Jarnail on Twitter @jchudge
- Follow Amon on Twitter @amosmiller
3:20 p.m. Magnifier and Low Vision Improvements in Windows 10
Learn about the latest updates to Windows Magnifier, text sizing, and other low vision experiences available today and new features not previously announced.
- Session details: Magnifier and Low Vision Improvements in Windows 10 – Presented by Jason Grieves
- Add Wednesday 3:20 p.m. session to calendar
4:20 p.m. Engaging and Accessible Communication with Office 365
Make your communications and presentations engaging and accessible with Office 365. Communicate your message effectively with users of all abilities.
- Session details: Engaging and Accessible Communication with Office 365 – Presented by Anita Mortaloni and Peter Wu
- Add Wednesday 4:20 p.m. session to calendar
- Follow Anita on Twitter @anitamortaloni
Thursday, March 14
8 a.m. Microsoft Search: Enabling Everyone to Find What Matters
Leveraging AI and inclusive design, learn how Microsoft Search enables everyone to be more efficient and to produce better results.
- Session details: Microsoft Search: Enabling Everyone to Find What Matters – Presented by Nathan Freier and Sarah Skriloff
- Add Thursday 8 a.m. session to calendar
9 a.m. Privacy, Ethics and People with Disabilities in the Age of AI
AI has the potential to unlock solutions for people with disabilities. We have the responsibility to discuss the ethics of how to create inclusive AI.
- Session details: Privacy, Ethics and People with Disabilities in the Age of AI – Presented by Megan Lawrence, Meredith Ringel Morris, Matt Heunerfauth, Shiri Azenkot and Jeffrey Bigham
- Add Thursday 9 a.m. session to calendar
- Follow Meredith on Twitter @merrierm
10 a.m. Narrator 201: More Productive Email
This Advanced Session will demonstrate how Windows Narrator helps you be more productive with email. A guided tour through email account creation, reading, and editing.
- Session details: Narrator 201: More Productive Email – Presented by Jeff Bishop and Brett Humphrey
- Add Thursday 10 a.m. session to calendar
- Follow Jeff on Twitter @JeffBishop
11 a.m. Accessibility Insights: Quickly Find and Fix Accessibility Issues
We will demonstrate our newly open sourced accessibility tools and illustrate how we’re integrating accessibility throughout the product design and development life cycle.
- Session details: Accessibility Insights: Quickly Find and Fix Accessibility Issues – Presented by Markus Mielke, Wendy Chisholm and Mark Reay
- Add Thursday 11 a.m. session to calendar
- Follow Markus on Twitter @mwmielke
- Follow Wendy on Twitter @wendyabc
1:20 p.m. What’s New in Office 365 Accessibility
Learn about built-in accessibility in Office 365 that empowers you to communicate, consume, and create content on all platforms that will boost productivity and inclusion.
- Session details: What’s New in Office 365 Accessibility – Presented by Anita Mortaloni, Lorena Huang Liu, Jeremy Spurlin, Akshay Bakshi and Jeffrey Kalvass
- Add Thursday 1:20 p.m. session to calendar
- Follow Anita on Twitter @anitamortaloni
- Follow Akshay on Twitter @AgenAKKi
2:20 p.m. Game Your Way with Xbox
Xbox is excited to share the latest in accessible gaming, including our approach to design, game development, and demos of Xbox Adaptive Controller, Copilot, and more.
- Session details: Game Your Way with Xbox – Presented by Evelyn Thomas
- Add Thursday 2:20 p.m. session to calendar
3:20 p.m. Boost Productivity with Microsoft Apps on iOS and Android
Make your work and life more efficient with new Microsoft mobile experiences: Office for iOS, Android, Microsoft Launcher, Edge Mobile, Your Phone, and SwiftKey.
- Session details: Boost Productivity with Microsoft Apps on iOS and Android – Presented by Amy DeVries, Aarthi Hatter, Aneetha Jayaraman and Akshay Bakshi
- Add Thursday 3:20 p.m. session to calendar
4:20 p.m. Eye Tracking for Apps
How to enable applications to work hands-free with eye tracking technology. For both people writing and commissioning applications.
- Session details: Eye Tracking for Apps – Presented by Pete Ansell
- Add Thursday 4:20 p.m. session to calendar
Friday, March 15
8 a.m. Accessible Design and Development in Microsoft Office
The Microsoft Office team shares their methodology and practices that strive to incorporate accessibility early and often in design and development.
- Session details: Accessible Design and Development in Microsoft Office – Presented by Ben Truelove, Theo Lorrain and Laura Shih
- Add Friday 8 a.m. session to calendar
- Follow Theo on Twitter @RainHale_
9 a.m. Windows 10 Accessibility – What’s New in 2019
Check out what’s new in Windows 10 for people with disabilities. Get sneak peek at features that are planned for the rest of 2019.
- Session details: Windows 10 Accessibility – What’s New in 2019 – Presented by Jeff Petty and Carolina Hernandez
- Add Friday 9 a.m. session to calendar
- Follow Jeff on Twitter @JeffreySPetty
10 a.m. What’s New with Seeing AI: Talking Camera App for the Blind Community
Come meet the Seeing AI team, and hear about our latest work on leveraging Artificial Intelligence to empower the blind community.
- Session details: What’s New with Seeing AI: Talking Camera App for the Blind Community – Presented by Saqib Shaikh
- Add Friday 10 a.m. session to calendar
- Follow Saqib on Twitter @saqibs
11 a.m. Microsoft Teams: The One Place your Team Needs for Inclusive Communications
Microsoft Teams is the digital hub that brings conversations, content, and apps together in one place. Discover how it empowers everyone to collaborate inclusively.
- Session details: Microsoft Teams: The One Place your Team Needs for Inclusive Communications – Presented by Rekha Patel, Silviu Alexandru Avram and Sofiya Huts
- Add Friday 11 a.m. session to calendar
1:20 p.m. Narrator in Windows – What’s New in 2019
Learn about the latest updates to Windows Narrator including Quickstart, improved keyboard layout, and other experiences available today and new features not previously announced.
- Session details: Narrator in Windows – What’s New in 2019 – Presented by Carolina Hernandez and Doug Geoffray
- Add Friday 1:20 p.m. session to calendar
2:20-4:00 p.m. Connecting with Microsoft
Visit the Microsoft Expo Booth in the Marquis Ballroom, Booth 609
Microsoft Accessibility team members will be in Booth 609 (Marquis Ballroom). Come by for product demonstrations, quick tips and tricks, or just to say hello.
Soundscape Scavenger Hunt
Microsoft Soundscape team will host a scavenger hunt with cool technology and fantastic prizes! You will use Soundscape to explore and discover new places in Anaheim. At the same time, you will sharpen your way-finding and tracking skills using the power of 3D audio.
Learn more at the Adventures with Soundscape session on Wednesday, March 13th, at 2:20pm at the Microsoft Showcase Suite.
Send us your feedback and suggestions
We are only as good as the feedback we receive, and we want more of it! We know that accessibility is the foundation for building inclusive experiences, which enable everyone to create accessible content, develop diverse environments, and be more connected, independent, and productive.
CSUN attendees provide us with the crucial feedback that we need and use to improve the usability of our products and services. There are many ways to submit feedback:
- On PC, Windows Key + F to submit feedback through the Feedback Hub.
- Through the Microsoft Accessibility User Voice Forum
- Through the Xbox Ease of Access Forum
- On Twitter @MSFTEnable #CSUNATC19
- By email for Seeing AI, firstname.lastname@example.org
- On Product User Voice forums with dedicated categories for accessibility, such as outlook.com in beta.
- With our Disability Answer Desks
Visit us online at Microsoft Accessibility, and we’ll see you at CSUN 2019!