Jessica Rafuse - Accessibility @ Microsoft

You'll leave this session understanding that people with disabilities are talent that will enrich every aspect of your organization.

With more than one billion people with disabilities in the world, Microsoft is passionate about accessibility and is invested in ensuring our products work for all our customers. Join Accessibility Program Manager, Jessica Rafuse, to learn about the evolution of accessibility at Microsoft, what we’ve learned on our journey, and how we’re making accessibility a core part of our culture and how we design and build our products. You'll leave this session understanding that people with disabilities are talent that will enrich every aspect of your organization.


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

Jessica is an attorney, who prior to joining the Microsoft team, promoted the principles 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 degrees in Spanish and Art History from the University of Washington, and law degree from Seattle University School of Law.

Jessica has muscular dystrophy and uses a power wheelchair. She and her husband live in the Seattle-area with their two sons and two mini-Australian Shepherds.

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