The Intrazone, episode 30: “Accessibility from the start”

May 16, 2019
The original article is published on the Microsoft Tech Community SharePoint Blog.

Today, we celebrate GAAD (Global Accessibility Awareness Day | May 16th, 2019) with a special episode of The Intrazone podcast.


‘Accessibility from the start' means SharePoint, OneDrive and other Microsoft 365 apps aspire to “represent the voice of people with disabilities” throughout planning, development, design, testing and into production with continuous feedback. It's something that must be built into every product Microsoft makes so that our offerings are inclusive for everyone.


In this episode, we hear from three accessibility experts: Megan Lawrence, PhD (senior technical evangelist – Microsoft), Eli Waalkes (senior program manager – SharePoint/Microsoft) and Lauren Back (usability engineering – HCL Technologies).


The full audio of episode #30 is accessible below and/or review the show’s transcript.



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Intrazone-logo_banner.jpgThe Intrazone is your bi-weekly conversation and interview podcast hosted by the Microsoft SharePoint team (

IZ-30_accessibility-from-the-start_hosts-guests-faces-names.jpgLeft to right, top to bottom: Megan Lawrence – Senior Technical Evangelist (Microsoft) [guest], Eli Waalkes – Senior Program Manager (Microsoft) [guest], Lauren Back – Usability Engineer (HCL Technologies), Chris McNulty – senior product manager (SharePoint/Microsoft) [co-host], and Mark Kashman – senior product manager (SharePoint/Microsoft) [co-host].

IZ-30_accessibility-from-the-start_guests-in-studio_Megan-Eli-Lauren-Kaya.jpgThe Intrazone episode #30 guests in-studio at Microsoft Studios (Redmond, WA), from top-to-bottom, left-to-right: Megan Lawrence, PhD, Lauren Back, Eli Waalkes and Kaya (Lauren's guide dog).

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Thanks for the access to your reading eyeballs and/or your listening eardrums. The SharePoint team wants you, and everyone, to unleash your creativity. We will do this, with great accessibility, one episode at a time.



Mark Kashman, senior product manager (Microsoft 365)


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