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Changing Lives with Assistive Technology – Accessibility for People with a Disability

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Accessibility for people with a disability is a human imperative. Accessibility is also a business imperative:

  • 1 in 5 people have disabilities and need assistive technology.
  • All of us will need assistive technology at some point in our lives.
  • Companies that embrace best practices for employing and supporting persons with disabilities outperform their competition.

With more than one billion people with disabilities in the world, inclusion and technology are essential to enabling them to live more independently and enabling them to conquer tasks that most take for granted. Technology can empower people to achieve more, help strengthen education opportunities, and make the workplace more inviting and inclusive for people with disabilities.

At this WIT Network event, our speaker, Jessica Rafuse, Senior Program Manager for Accessibility at Microsoft, will share Microsoft’s journey and approach to accessibility, tips for building a culture of inclusion within your organization, and how Artificial Intelligence is changing the game of helping people with disabilities.
About Our Speaker:

Jessica Rafuse is a leader in Accessibility and Disability inclusion. As the Senior Program Manager for Strategic Engagements for Accessibility at Microsoft, Jessica is responsible for Microsoft’s partnerships with organizations that focus on people with disabilities and accessibility.

Jessica is an Attorney, who, prior to joining the Microsoft team, promoted the principals of equal opportunity and affirmative action at Starbucks Coffee Company. Jessica began her legal career in government, including her work as an Administrative Judge for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Jessica earned bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Art History from the University of Washington, and a Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law.

Jessica and her husband live in the Seattle-area with their two sons and two mini-Australian Shepherds.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Theresa Schlei


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700 Bellevue Way NE, 15th Floor, Overlake Room
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