The LightHouse continues to initiate vital conversations and build relationships with some of today’s most innovative companies. On July 21st, Google and the LightHouse interfaced with the blind community in a big way. Accessibility professionals from Google’s Chrome and Docs teams lead a day-long immersive workshop on several Google tools. The 30+ member audience, a mix of assistive tech specialists, blind working professionals and teachers of the blind and visually impaired, gained valuable insight into the Chrome operating system, and Google’s web-based office suite, made up of Docs, Slides, and Sheets.
A number of Google’s products are becoming the productivity suite of choice for educational institutions and within other settings. As a result, it is imperative that people with disabilities have access to these powerful tools. At the end of the day, students departed the workshop with a wealth of reference materials, and the confidence to put this information to good use.
If you were unable to attend the event last month, The LightHouse and Google plan to offer this workshop on a regular basis, so stay tuned.