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A11YChi Announcements July 18, 2019

A11YChi Announcements July 18, 2019

Notes and links for A11YChi



July 18, 2019


  1. Welcome! Tonight, the event organizers are Santina Croniser, Karen Viado,

    and Nick Ng. If you have questions, reach out to them or RedShelf staff. 5:45-6:10: Socializing Food/Drinks provided by RedShelf 6:15-6:30: Announcements and Intros Live captioning sponsored by McDonald’s 6:30-7:30: Heather Dowdy: The Future of Accessibility Powered by AI 7:30-8:00: Socializing / Event ends
  2. Follow Along with the Slideshow on Your Own Device: speakerdeck.com/a11ychi

  3. Thanks to our venue sponsor redshelf.com

  4. Live captioning coordinated and provided by acscaptions.com

  5. Live Captioning on mobile, tablet or any device with a

    web browser streamtext.net/player?event=CDA
  6. Captioning sponsored by

  7. Jobs?

  8. None
  9. 16th Annual Disability Pride Parade Saturday, July 20th Details: disabilityprideparade.org

  10. Next Event - Tuesday, Aug. 28th Topic to be determined

    Derek Featherstone Chief eXperience Officer (CXO) at Level Access + Marcy Sutton Head of Learning at GatsbyJS
  11. None
  12. Keep the discussions going on Twitter! @A11YChi — #A11YChi

  13. Heather Dowdy Sr. Operations Program Manager, AI & Accessibility, Microsoft

    Corp. Heather Dowdy is the COO of the Microsoft AI for Accessibility grant program. She leads strategy and business operations to scale the impact of the growing number of AI for Accessibility grantees. With more than a decade of experience developing and demonstrating accessible technology in mobile, web and artificial intelligence, Heather is passionate about using the design thinking process to create solutions that improve usability for everyone.
  14. As the oldest daughter of Deaf parents, Heather is fluent

    in American Sign Language (ASL). Before relocating to Redmond, she was the Senior Product Manager of Accessibility Engineering at Motorola Mobility in Chicago. Heather has served as Chair of the Accessibility Working Group (AWG) of the Mobile Manufacturers’ Forum (MMF) and Chair of the Board of Directors of the World Institute on Disability. A strong believer in empowering communities through education and benevolence, she is the co-founder of Microsoft Ninja Camp, focused on STEM leadership training for high school students with disabilities. Heather obtained her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A native Chicagoan, she can now be found exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three young children. Heather also enjoys reading, journaling, and interacting with different cultures while traveling abroad.