The CSUN Assistive Technology conference will kick off its 33rd round on March 19 and Microsoft plans to be there. The Redmond giant will have a booth in the grand hall of Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego, and will perform several demonstrations.
Sessions will address new accessibility features in Windows, Office 365, and Xbox, as well as Microsoft’s inclusive work environment. Speakers will also delve into ongoing research like Hearing AI and the Seeing AI app.
Microsoft CSUN Schedule
The company has published timetable information ahead of the event, alongside more detail about each talk.
There’s a wealth of information, but here’s the short version:
|Time||Wednesday, March 21|| Thursday, March 22
||Friday, March 23|
|08:00||Strategies to Make your IT Applications More Accessible and Usable||Microsoft IT’s Journey to an Accessible Enterprise Organization|
|09:00||Accessibility at Microsoft||Windows Narrator: What’s New in Windows 10||Modernization of IT with SharePoint Accessibility|
|10:00||Accessibility in Windows 10: What’s New||Beyond Compliance: Staying Out in Front of Digital Accessibility Legal Trends||Controlling Your Computer with Your Eyes + Teach Access 2018 Update|
|11:00||What’s New in Microsoft Office 365||Create Inclusive Classrooms with Microsoft 365 Education||Create Engaging and Accessible Presentations with PowerPoint and Sway|
|13:20||Inclusive Hiring: People with Disabilities at Microsoft||Microsoft Reading and Writing Tools: Designed for Learning Differences||Xbox Gaming for Everyone|
|14:20||Outside the Box: Innovation at Microsoft||Seeing AI: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence to Augment Visual Awareness||How I used Microsoft OneNote to Manage a Medical Crisis|
|15:20||Accessibility Suite of Knowledge||Excel 101 Tips and Tricks||Inclusive Design for Deaf and Hard of Hearing using AI in a Scaleable Way|
|16:20||Accessibility User Research Collective: Partnership for User Input||Easily create accessible documents and communications with Office 365||Software Architecture Used in Microsoft Office for Exposing Accessible Content|
There seems to considerable value for both assistive technology users and developers, with all of the major Microsoft projects covered. As well as speeches, the company is offering the enrollment in its paid research program, with remote participation options.
For attendees, the Microsoft Reception will be open from 7 pm to 9 pm in the Seaview Room. Microsoft accessibility team members will be in Booth 213, where they’ll offer product demonstrations and tips. You can find more information on the Microsoft blog.