Keynote Presentation

Make Your Content More Accessible

Presented by :

Michael Vermeersch

Accessibility Product Manager and Digital Inclusion Lead for Microsoft in the UK

&

Susi Miller

Founder / Director at eLaHub

Session Description:

Accessibility does not have to be overwhelming; every educator can apply some simple design methods to make their courses more accessible! The session begins with an exploration of the approach and initiatives Microsoft is taking in inclusive design and some of the key challenges and opportunities that accessibility presents us with. This will be followed by a focus on creating learning content using a variety of authoring tools. It will include helpful frameworks and easy to implement tips to accommodate learners with a range of access needs. The session will be accompanied by a handout with links and resources to allow delegates both to consolidate and to expand their learning.

About the Keynote Speakers

 
Michael Vermeersch headshot

Michael is Microsoft’s Accessibility Product Marketing Manager; his focus is to land Microsoft’s commitment to bridge the “Disability Divide”. Company-wide, alongside customers, partners, and communities, Michael’s scope is to increase societal inclusion for people with disabilities. The commitment covers, technology, talent development and workplace culture.

Using his creative neuro-diverse thinking and passion for inclusion, Michael created Microsoft’s Digital Inclusion offering, to empower inclusive organisations gain greater business advantage.

Michael also chairs Microsoft’s UK Disability Employee Resource Group and was invited to 10 Downing Street to present his views on bringing disabled talent into work.

His personal proudest achievement is having brought Microsoft UK to Disability Confident Leadership status.

Michael received Microsoft’s highest Platinum Club award for his work in disability inclusion.

Listed as one of “125 People to follow” on LinkedIn about Diversity and Inclusion, he is in the 2021 Disability Power 100, which celebrates Britain’s most influential disabled people.

Michael Vermeersch

Susi Miller headshot

Susi Miller is an industry leading expert on accessible learning design and the Founder and Director of eLaHub. She is the author of Designing Accessible Learning Content (Kogan Page 2021) and her accessible learning content has been shortlisted for the Learning Technologies Awards. Susi’s mission in the world of accessibility and inclusion is to make all eLearning content ‘accessible as the default.’

Susi Miller