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Daniel Baker
Evangelist at Microsoft
Dona Sarkar
Leading Dev Advocacy at Microsoft

Daniel works as a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft. He is committed to the assessment and development of Partners through readiness assessment and community evangelism. He has written various courses and enjoyed particular success with his “Cloud and Proud” and “Build a Company in a day” training series.

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I believe the 7.6 billion people we share this earth with can and SHOULD develop technical skills to help achieve whatever goals they have. I believe tech is the ultimate equalizer.I spend my days living my purpose as Principal Advocate for Microsoft's Power Platform--a product specifically designed for tech upskilling.Previously, I lead the global community of 17M people as the Chief #NinjaCat of the Insider Program at Microsoft.

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Users are ever more empowered to develop applications that suit their unique needs. Learn how our partners and customers are developing solutions to empower people with disabilities to achieve more on Azure.

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Hello ability. Thank you so much for joining us today. We hope that like us you are safe and healthy in your home or wherever you're shacked up watching this. So my my friend and Co speaker today Dan Baker and I had this big plan that we were going to show up and Regale you with lots of charts and graphs and stats and data about how Tech and accessibility go together like mac and cheese and breadcrumbs, but we thought that's kind of boring that's good. But they're looking at charts and graphs when we're sitting at home. That doesn't sound fun. Actually that sounds fun. So we thought

instead of all this why don't Dan and I have a fight and all of you can listen would be up for that and having a fight and letting All These Fine people listening. I'm up for this. We are going to flip through a set of slides that I'm and Microsoft, but I am not a developer. I like are you claim this yet? You do a lot of good work, but that brings us back to the topic of what we're going to be talking about. I am a developer. I work right now with the par popcorn tee my lead.

Advocacy for the party platform. I focus heavily on both citizen does and professional doves historically. I worked on things like Hollow lands in the windows Insider program. Between Dan and I the reason we got together to give this talk and hang out with all of you is because both of us believe that anyone in the world and create Tech solutions to solve their own problems. They don't have to be able to do that and they can have whatever varies of ability to solve their own problems because No One Believes no one understands truly their own ability and their own needs better

than themselves. We have a very interesting story from Dan tell us a little bit about your son and your family situation and what you did with it. Oh, yeah, the first story is the magic mirror now. It's an interesting story and I like many even though I reach for my small device to find out where I need to be what meetings I have and how I'm going to get there but more importantly is the routine for my son is he he has mild Asperger's makes you feel stable.

If we go back a few years when he was getting ready for what we called voice go. We knew that he would have real trouble adjusting try to help. I used to have a white what we reap. What we would do the following die before he went to sleep real breakfast brush your teeth and age. What's the score which in turn gave great comfort to me to take Knology. I want it's a digitized the process. I found that the developer community of creating some software to the magic mirror. I was sold a

drill big holes through the kitchen cupboard. I need to The Landing. Maintain computer has an operating systems. I didn't want to mess up a hickey with my skills. So I might order this dependency sexy with mail being done remotely what's more because it was posted it become possible and accessible from anywhere any connected device in the wind changes happened. I get up. I eat shit you when they would be notified to the heat to prepare. Honestly, we haven't used it a few years anymore. But at the time it was invaluable and helped alleviate anxiety in a few to write change.

So that's the story of the magic mirror. You know what? I really like about that straight in and why I keep making you tell it it's because you identified a very specific need that your family has and no specialist on the planet can really predict what your son needs only, you know, and only he knows and no one no Tech person can build a solution for kids with autism right not well and try but until we co-create with people like you and your son. There's no way like I as a developer would never have come up with this idea of projecting a thing on a tablet that has

his schedule. I would have thought of that. So basic we need way more we needed to measure heart rate. We needed to measure this we need to measure that maybe wear a watch on the wrist, but you realize the most important thing she needs is just predictability he needs to know so he doesn't deal with anxiety and You used existing tools to do that and you took something that existed and ran in a Docker container on a Zyrtec, you know, very well to solve this problem, but I thought the funnier story was the

Minecraft server side love real robots. Yeah, a Minecraft story. I hope you never see this presentation. But like many kids my son love playing video games and Minecraft is one of these old time favorites and I was making the tools and building you roads and Bora Flynn not expect me to join in and Donna this terrifies me. I have no idea why I'm doing what I'm looking at the Baton Rouge trying to figure out which one we now live in a connected world where people can play with other like-minded changes over the internet. Batiste me another headache. I want my son to be able to reach out

and communicate with others want to strongly Kelis who is playing with it. Ain't sure that he's protected Sarah game. I can to technology and I feel this was nothing bored and drove it into the marketplace and filling out a phone. Been in a couple of minutes. I had to sever up and running and pointed. My son's wujek Supply. I meant that I could white lists the accounts that could play with him. So I spoke to the parents of the school. I took my friends and family and I can see if they are online access

parents were happy that I was it was a win-win situation, but he was the plot twist concerned at 9, and he's bringing I never have to be the bad person. But if we bring this back down into industry, its approach with cross elasticity to your uncle found by the restraints of on premises deployments we can we can shoot the Minecraft story. I think the Stan is SoulCycle to all of you parents who have kids at home right now. We're probably always begging like we want more screen time. We

want more video game time. Especially Minecraft dungeons just came out. So I'm seeing a bunch of chatter on Twitter about that and I can imagine that there's a lot of parents would be grateful for this where I'm here in the cloud only wakes up after you do your distance learning so the cloud is fickle and it's it sleeps for 16 hours a day and I love the idea that parents can actually control first who their interacts with online cuz that's a terrifying thought

just the timing how often they can have access to this but still be able to have like a collaborative environment with a whitelisted set of people. I thought this was just so clever and so interesting to all of your parents out there who are looking for a way to have your kid. Skip the game safely because he's done it and he's done in this is not just for his autistic child. This is for any kids. Call Mark if your family though is not are not the only people benefited from check you found her gone quite

the physical change. So tell us a little bit about this. Oh, yeah, it's lost story. This place is where I hit the homerun Donna I want to talk about my I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes will my study years ago. I never really understood it or what it was doing to my body like many are all of your voice of my medical team name. Is she more and more medication assistance for grass. Josie and I was a vein for injection to die in 12 tablets treat in the

harbor billion people in the UK. Sonido De Vida kinds with Hayden Lake 2017 when I was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy is a breakdown of the cells in the back of my eyes, which if left untreated wood eventually lead to my blindness at this point. I knew I needed to take ownership of the condition. So I decided that I would reduce the problem with that. I think my research and found out about the Knight's Tale project and the community behind it, and

I'm not you better. Thank you for myself. I can't believe just how much information was available to help me set up continuous glucose monitoring and then I found in a bridge that could ultimate is process. I can't believe how simple it was to connect everything together. If you turn gave me the confidence to collect from my fitness tracker. Oh my punch statistics run by boxing tractors or even my body composition from the machines at the gym surrounded by Theta and why

wasn't I making better use of it? Keith where the story gets interesting things but doing to my body I was able to see the facts. I have Clarity and empowers you to make better decisions. Swept you can stop experimenting. I started looking at how long it took to elevate. My sugar levels are dropping because the fight to prove it was the main time between meals between 12 hours for the body to digest food with the macronutrients beginning to break it down and around the three and a half hour mark But when having free meals to die in even if with

generous and stated that spaced-out at 7 hours was still not allowing the digestive cycle to complete this. We like to snatch kannada. Oh biscuit and I whatever we will fight that I just dislike or It was when I had a pact example if I ate my breakfast at 6 a.m. My sugar levels would be higher. Or I can leave but that's because of coaches are our fight-or-flight woman get out of bed fishing tanning places insulin production, which can insulin resistance especially if you have metabolic syndrome all levels were elevated.

Push my blood sugar levels be higher. Ultimately. I found that my Optimum weight in Paxton was one large meal for today between 11 a.m. And 1 p.m. This meant that my sugar levels with my sleep so I can sleep easier and the quality of sleep. Was that much higher. The Game Boy collection the pizza from the devices around 8. I think I do the better picture of what was happening to my body to make the right decisions. Are we to buy? Well, we're the good place. I'm sure

you know, what's what's amazing about a seized with the wisdom adjustments to live with the lockdown in the genes are used to help identify and respond and then reflect on the changes that happen to my body and fixed the what technology is. It allowed me to talk with the issues without medication to Repairing a to live a healthier. I have your life. So that's my home run text story but enough about me. I don't know. I know you're an amazing man, and I watched it last week and you know

it. But if you'd be kind enough. I will share my story. But first I'd like to take a moment and just appreciate that huge physical challenge. You've gone through because to lose how many kilograms did you lose 70 lbs. That is a child. That's a lot just by tracking your health stats by for a year. It's insane. It's actually insane to think about this because you know, all of us are 10 stuck at home. Wondering if our health is just like going straight out the window what we're doing what we're not doing and

we have the tools right at her own fingertips to do this and you've proven that you don't need to be a developer to do this. You don't need to be a doctor to do this. You're neither death nor a doctor yet. You've been able to hack your situation at home. So, you know when to eat what to eat and how to What you need to be the healthiest version of you and you know pictures don't lie. You're unrecognizable two years ago. No, it's all right now and it's wonderful. So yeah, I

have my own tail of drama that I'd like to share with everyone. So a few weeks ago. I was asked to host the annual Microsoft developers conference called build build a historically been in person this year. It was like everything and really fine. We're expecting a huge audience and 30,000 people find no big deal. I know a lot about dads. Play show me the Production Studios. And the first thing that happens is they put me in front of this thing. It's a teleprompter. And for those of you who don't know what this is. It's what news people use to read the news and they look like a

memorized everything. It just reads you lines or it just printed lines and then you go through and read them looking at the camera. So it looks like you're just talking to camera and know these lines now. I have dyslexia. I don't like talking about it, but I started to talk about it and I cannot read the teleprompter like at all. It's probably my worst nightmare because it's a bunch of words together in a space with no differentiation in color. There's no bullet points. It's just a wall of text. I can't read this at all. I have absolutely

no idea what it says. I was diagnosed with dyslexia about three years ago during a routine eye exam actually left or right and I'm sitting there looking at these letters. Like zxq for and they're at the doctor's like no, you need the bigger person stronger prescription to keep stopping my prescription and next thing, you know, I'm like a major headache and the optometrist assistant. She supposed to be excited and says you think you have dyslexia and I said, I don't even think I know what that word means

probably so no, I don't have it and she says I have a son he can't read the letters of the eye exam either and he is dyslexia. He's been diagnosed. So you may want to get yourself. I said lady. I'm just blind it's nothing to do with this Lexie or whatever this thing is, so I always had trouble reading under stressful situations. So if I'm just fine sitting by my cell phone, I can read something without too much incident. But if their scrutiny on me, I will mix up the letters. I

will makes up the words. There's letters and numbers together like a flight number like dl347. I will absolutely read it as a Q7 08 or something random like this. So I really struggle with letters numbers together and under scrutiny. My nightmare used to be read aloud time in school. Pray. A lot of you have been there when you go around the room and read things out loud. I did really bad at that. So what I would do when I knew it was read aloud day, I would take the book home across from the library and then figure out where my section would be based on my

sitting Arrangement the classroom and I'd read it over and over and over again so I could really understand it. So I wouldn't look stupid in class when I was call people would laugh at me. This had mixed results that worked maybe 50% of the time but I always read it read aloud time. So all of you Educators, please don't make read aloud time to think unless you must have it for a reason. It's really horrific for children with dyslexia. Okay, so I'm back to the right and I said thanks for this amazing opportunity. I hate it. Why is this happening? So I did something that I don't like

to do but I realize I have to ask for an accommodation. I told the crew I said, hey I have dyslexia. I need a little bit of extra help and everyone just kind of froze and then they sprung induction so they said okay, we will figure this all out. So they gave me you see this camera. They brought it up really close to me like here so I could read it, but they did the shooting from here so they can see the camera is old rear traction thing, but They sent me of my own camera and followed me around so I could read it turn to it. And then they had a big screen

with my script up here at the same time. And then the most important thing they sent me home with a script so they sent me home with the script and gave me a lot of time to full days to learn it. So I they said change it. However you want make it bullet colors in any changes. I need in script reflected back into the teleprompter. So I had two days to get very comfortable in my words with v. And I knew what was coming next. So this happened I hated asking for this conversation, but you know build it it went off it it went off pretty.

Okay, and I realized I brought my whole self to the table like it was probably the first time in my entire Microsoft career 14 and 1/2 years that I really brought my whole self to the table. My co-host was wonderful. I told him what the deal was so helpful if I missed a cue he would pick it up and we just kind of risk with each other. So by asking for these accommodations three things happen. One the crew got really used to working with someone who has dyslexia and this will really help with anyone else in the world who rent they ran into who

might have dyslexia people have disability of some sort many of them are invisible. I believe it's probably more second. I got very comfortable with asking for accommodation. Now, I know what combination I even need. So if I get asked to use teleprompter again, I'll know exactly what I need. I will tell the production people even before I get there. Like hey, I've dyslexia. I need a prom dresses clothes. I need to see the script. I need to control a the third thing is I can tell the story to all of you. So if any of you are struggling with dyslexia, are any of you have children who do

please know that this is normal and this is not something to be ashamed of the brain is not broken. Our brains are just wired differently. It's not normal or abnormal because what is normal anyway, right? I have a friend you want to we can spot her own typos. She reads amazing. She reads like Bring freaking books, but she when she writes. She's an amazing writer. I don't think so. It's just something else you no brains are weird. So what is this have to do it Tech. I actually am making a park lock. I need advocacy for Park and I said, why can't I

solve my problems I was going to do it for you. But this app is real bad. But all I'm doing is taking all my lines right now. They jump out into a CSV file and you ain't from the teleprompter app that everyone uses and I can pull that CSV file into an Excel table and have that Excel table generate a power up one step. You just click like make her up and Excel and some of her up that will pull just my lines. I can filter speaker down to just don't know and have all my lines show up and I can swipe them off once I'm done. So on the brakes I can just

look and say oh, what do I have next week will I just need? So I now have my phone to big screen on the little camera to help me navigate The Strain. So that is that is the deal. That's how much we believe in this Global movement called less code more power. We believe that you don't actually have to be a professional software developer to solve your own problems with technology and would like just from party platform itself to things I'd like to call out is I love that Spar platform has an accessibility guidelines white paper.

So everytime I poop I look at the accessibility guides and make sure that it is accessible to everyone in the world. The white papers extremely detailed. I highly recommend if you can check it out. You've never played with her abscess before go do it because it really does solve all kinds of problems for you the second thing there's an abstract. So if you screw up like I do if there's an app Checker, it's in the upper right hand corner of the viewer. You click on the little medicine Mouse looking thing and it'll go through until you where you're at is not accessible. So these are all

things released in the past year and it's been wonderful to hear feedback from all of you on using it and how we can continue to be better. So we're in it now hearing your story and what you have to go through. I respect you even more interested to see the irony of you dressed appropriately being brave enough to share it but I think about it, you know, you've gone out and you feel it's always and how much did the full body a massive reader? That's right. So I live I use immersive reader and read aloud mode for everything. So in a browser I have read aloud on I'll

use immersive reader in OneNote pretty much constantly. So if I get you know, how exact love to send those giant emails into OneNote and I use read aloud to have it read the words. I use it all the time and I'm trying to think about how to integrate that into the power app so I can have read aloud. Maybe the power up so I know the words that I'm seeing our what's actually so I'm I'm doing a bunch of weird experiments and such with this app. So if any of you have ideas, please let me know. I just started working on this because I want to be extra prepared for my

next conference. And once I write this app and create it I want to publish it up on GitHub. So anyone in the world, you know download the thing use it for whatever teleprompting needs. Like this terrifying the painful for you. So I invite you to join this Global movement and let's keep in mind that we want this to be a global movement its Global movement. That means every person in the world of all different skills of all different abilities. We invite you to join us. In our mission

at Microsoft's Empower every person organization on the planet and I hope Dan and I have proven to you and showing you today that we can see every really seriously and we are part of the every dance actually meet up on work for you. You want to be when you left yet Jordan power at you or you to go off and look at the developed technology to reach out to hear your stories. We want to hear how well things have gone and we really would have built this community is

Chaya make things better. Absolutely, so if you haven't already I encourage you to try out the very first introductory powerapps tutorial. This is what I use to learn part for myself that just AKA. Ms. And then once you graduate batch, check out this random blog post I made up on a bunch of tutorials. I like called Power Academy AKA Ms. Power Academy and get in touch with us because we want to hear your stories, and we want to make sure that we are representing a very

inclusive and diverse group of people when we speak and so we're both highly findable on Twitter. Dan is as your dad, and I'm going to start car and both of us are fine people on LinkedIn staniel paper and on soccer. So thank you ability for joining us today. Thank you for being with us, and we hope you have an amazing rest of the day be well by ourselves. Thank you.

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