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With Megan Lawrence (Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Microsoft).
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 06:00 PM   Absolutely Free
Hub at Grand Central Tech, 335 Madison Ave, 4th Fl

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Please join Microsoft for an inclusive-by-design workshop where tips & tricks will help you make your products/services accessible for 1 in 5 Americans with a disability. Led by Microsofts Accessibility Evangelist, Dr. Megan Lawrence & NYC's Mayors Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), the workshop includes putting accessibility at the heart of inclusive design, increasing your marketshare & being recognized by the City of New York at the Mayors Annual ADA Sapolin Awards due to your innovation & leadership in accessible technology.

This event is also in partnership with the Hub at Grand Central Tech, Civ:Lab & Smart Cities New York.

About the Mayor's Office of People with Disabilities

The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), in operation since 1972, works to ensure that New Yorkers with disabilities can lead happy, healthy & productive lives. The MOPD staff work hand-in-hand with other City offices & over 50 agencies to ensure that the voice of the disabled community is represented & that City programs & policies address the needs of people with disabilities. The Office provides information on accessible programs, accessible transportation, employment, health services, activities & other resources to the nearly one million New Yorkers with disabilities & the 6.8 million people with disabilities visiting New York City every year. In addition, the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities works with organizations on specific issues affecting people with disabilities, & aims to bring about dialogue that leads to meaningful outcomes for those living with disabilities. The dedicated staff of the Mayors Office for People with Disabilities works hard every day to make New York City the most accessible city in the world.

Megan Lawrence PhD - MicrosoftAccessibility Technical Evangelist Megan Lawrence is an Accessibility Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. She builds trusted relationships with customers, NGOs, & Assistive Technology partners to further Microsofts mission of empowering every person & organization to achieve more. This effort is approached through three principles; transparency, accountability, & inclusivity. She works with internal Microsoft teams to improve accessibility & usability of products & services by increasing the quality & quantity of feedback we get from users with disabilities. Dr. Lawrence has worked with the disability community for over 13 years conducting user research to not only provide accessibility solutions but to ensure that users with disabilities are an integrated part of the design, development, & testing process. Throughout her career, she brings together the disability community & key stakeholders to provide a feedback loop to make products & services accessible to the greatest number people possible.

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