Accessibility Insights with Microsoft's Jenny Lay Flurrie: July 2020

Date of webinar: 
21 Jul 2020 - 13:00

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Robin Christopherson and Jenny Lay-Flurrie

This webinar took place on Tuesday 21 July 2020, 1pm BST

We're delighted to welcome Microsoft's Chief Accessibility Officer, Jenny Lay-Flurrie as the first guest in our new Accessibility Insights webinar series.

Robin Christopherson MBE, Head of Digital Inclusion at AbilityNet hosts a monthly online chat with individuals who are each working to improve digital accessibility and digital inclusion.

Among other discussion topics, Jenny and Robin chatted about Microsoft and Covid-19, Be My Eyes, and Microsoft's recent Ability Summit.

Listen back to this bitesize, 30 minute webinar to learn about accessibility the Microsoft way! A transcript and the webinar recording are provided below.

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Follow up answers from the webinar

Jenny followed up with answers to some of the attendee questions posed during the webinar. Read Jenny's answers below:

Does Microsoft have plans for an Avatar to translate speech into BSL?

Sign Language research and specifically sign to text or over time – avatar, is in its early infancy. What is important is to ‘how’ to tackle this. I would encourage folks to read this Mircosoft paper about Sign Language.

There are still issues with Outlook and Jaws. Are there plans to revisit accessibility with this program?

Yes, we continually work on accessibility across all products, especially Office including Outlook.

Does the captioning in Teams mark who is speaking as in Captioning in Google Meet?

Yes, this was announced recently and will be rolling out in coming weeks.

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