Once again, this year Access 2 Accessibility partnered with Microsoft Store Square One to present VIP GAAD Breakfast Event, the only GAAD event held in Mississauga. GAAD is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a day to raise awareness of accessibility in technology. This was the 8th year for GAAD with events happening all over the world and more countries are added every year.

Attendees, including the City of Mississauga Accessibility staff, learned about Microsoft’s accessibility in technology. Microsoft’s Damian Milczarski demonstrated some of Microsoft’s accessible features: Presentation Translator that provides live captioning on a Power Point presentation, the TOBI Eye Tracker that allows use of a computer using just your eyes and the Xbox Adaptive Controller. These accessibility tools bring inclusion for people with disabilities in their business and personal lives. Access 2 Accessibility (A2A) Founder, Carol-Ann Chafe, discussed programs they are bringing to the community as resources for people with disabilities. Members from A2A’s first program, Entrepreneurs & Professionals, with Disabilities; inspired attendees as they spoke about their successes and how they focus on their Abilities not (dis)abilities in their career endeavours.

By: Carol-Ann Chafe