Microsoft hosts workshops about careers and assistive technology
Microsoft recently partnered with Community Services to present a workshop for our Pre-Vocational programs and to host an accessibility presentation for the public last month.
Emily Rautenstrauch, Community Development Specialist at the local Microsoft Store, spoke to our Pre-Vocational programs about what it’s like to work for the company and the different types of jobs available. She explained some of the responsibilities of various positions and the qualities Microsoft looks for in an employee.
Afterward, Emily passed out several Microsoft laptops so everyone could play a game that helps teach coding techniques.
The following week, Microsoft held a free workshop for the community to discuss the tools available to support people with hearing, vision, mobility and learning disabilities. This included how to use tools in Windows 10 such as adjusting display settings, using a screen reading app, the Dictate setting in Word, customizing audio and more.
After the presentation, attendees had a chance to try out some of the tools on laptops, such as enabling the Dictate setting in Word. This tool allowed everyone to speak out loud and watch as the words appeared as text on the screen.
We look forward to providing more opportunities like this for the people we support and the community in the future!