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Speakers

Bryce Johnson

Bryce Johnson has been designing accessible experiences and technology for over 15 years. As a member of Team Xbox he was part of the core team that started the inclusive design and accessibility practice. Bryce worked across Microsoft teams to launch the assistive technologies on the Xbox One, including Copilot. Bryce initiated and designed the very first Inclusive Tech Lab at Microsoft, which has now hosted over four thousand visitors; it is a facility where people can explore how gamers with disabilities interact with Microsoft games, services, and devices. Bryce has also been a member of the Xbox Adaptive Controller team ever since he was a lead on its inception as a hack project at the 2016 Microsoft Oneweek Hackathon. Bryce now focused on ensuring all Microsoft devices are designed and built to be inclusive.

Dr. Jutta Treviranus

Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and professor in the faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto (http://idrc.ocadu.ca ).  Jutta established the IDRC in 1993 as the nexus of a growing global community that proactively works to ensure that our digitally transformed and globally connected society is designed inclusively. Jutta and her team have pioneered network-supported personalization as an approach to accessibility in the digital domain, including many projects that focus on inclusive education. She also heads the Inclusive Design Institute, a multi-university regional centre of expertise (https://inclusivedesign.ca). Jutta founded an innovative graduate program in inclusive design at OCAD University. She is the co-director of Raising the Floor International. She leads international multi-partner research networks that have created broadly implemented innovations that support inclusion e.g., Fluid Project (https://fluidproject.org), FLOE (https://floeproject.org ), Social Justice Repair Kit (https://sojustrepairit.org), and many others. She has played a leading role in developing accessibility legislation, standards and specifications internationally (including W3C WAI ATAGIMS AccessForAll,ISO 24751, and AODA Information and Communication).  

Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai

Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai is the Head of Research and Chief Accessibility Officer of the CNIB. Dr. Sukhai is Canada’s only congenitally blind biomedical research scientist, and the world’s first congenitally blind geneticist. Dr. Sukhai’s research program focuses on indicators of social inclusion – particularly education, employment and technology use – for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, as well as measurement of healthcare outcomes for the blind or partially sighted population. Dr. Sukhai is passionate about accessibility, inclusion and universal design in education – particularly science education – and in the workplace.