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Breakout 2E

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm Central Time

Dr. Sambhavi Chandreshakar, wearing glasses and smiling

Accessible Procurement of AI Systems and Tools

Presented by:


Dr. Sambhavi Chandreshakar, Global Accessibility  Lead, Desire 2 Learn (D2L)

Session Description:


Regardless of their type, institutions and organizations are getting on the AI bandwagon sooner or later. Use of AI systems and tools in the workplace and classroom is increasing. This impacts how work is being done based on who can and cannot access and use those technologies.AI systems and processes must be checked for accessibility for people with disabilities in order to ensure that everyone can use them. This session will provide tips for accessible procurement to ensure that people with disabilities are not excluded from benefitting. Leaders will benefit from learning about accessible AI procurement.

Speaker Bio:


Dr Sambhavi (Sam) Chandrashekar is the Global Accessibility Lead at D2L Corporation. She is an accessibility champion and an award-winning inclusive educator/researcher with over 15 years of strategic and operational experience in implementing technology-based accessibility projects in academia, non-profit sector and industry. She holds academic positions with 3 universities in Canada and supervises Masters and Doctoral research. Dr. Sam actively influences policy and legislation as Vice-Chairperson of Accessibility Standards Canada's Accessible & Equitable Artificial Intelligence Committee, Co-Chair of Global Leadership Council of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, Advisory Council Member of the Canadian Accessibility Network and many more.

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