Please note that the topics under discussion are intended for mature audiences. Recommended for participants ages 15 and up.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 1 billion people worldwide experience some form of disability. In Canada alone, that’s nearly 6.2 million people with disabilities, 22% of the total population.
Designing for inclusivity not only opens up our products and services to more people, it also reflects how people really are. All humans grow and adapt to the world around them and we want our designs to reflect that. Everyone has abilities, and limits to those abilities. Designing for people with permanent disabilities actually results in designs that benefit people universally.
AI is now capable of hearing, seeing, and reasoning with increasing accuracy. Real-time speech-to-text transcription, computer vision capabilities, and predictive text functionality are just a few examples of how AI is useful to people with disabilities today. As technologies such as AI, the internet of things, and cloud computing continue to advance, the future is boundless. There are no limits to what people can achieve when technology reflects the diversity of everyone who uses it.
As part of our “Accessible Technology” theme, come and join Ricardo Wagner (Microsoft Canada) for an enlightening session, where you will learn how Microsoft is approaching inclusive design, accessibility and AI to empower people and organizations in the workplace. The session will end with a question-and-answer period.
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RICARDO WAGNER, Accessibility Lead for Microsoft Canada
Ricardo Wagner is the Accessibility Lead for Microsoft Canada. He believes technology elevates the education, employment, and living standards for billions of people around the world, especially people with disabilities.
Ricardo has made it his personal mission to play a role in that transformation. He is Microsoft’s 2019 Hackathon Grand Prize Winner, awarded as the most influential Accessibility Advocate worldwide for Microsoft in 2020, and has won several recognitions including 2019 The Jim Flaherty Award for Leadership in Accessibility and Inclusion (Canada) and Microsoft’s Platinum Club in 2018.