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  1. Jon Adams on Managing Diverse Staff

    Jon Adams

    Outsider Artist

    Talking now -

    Jon works in a variety of mediums, is a trained geologist and considers himself to to be an ‘Outsider Artist’. He has Asperger Syndrome and experiences synaesthesia, a neurological condition in which stimulation of one sense leads to automatic, involuntary responses in a second sense, for example, ‘seeing sounds’.

    As an artist he explores sense and sensitivity through the ‘hidden’ and plays with perceptions of normal and the inaccessible.

  2. Welcome

    Matthew Postgate

    BBC Chief Technology and Product Officer

    Introducing things and getting the BBC Accessibility Awareness Day underway today is Matthew Postgate - the BBC’s Chief Technology and Product Officer. Matthew leads a division that brings together BBC Digital, Engineering and BBC Worldwide technology teams. Put simply his job is to keep the BBC on-air, online and operational.

  3. Tech problems...We'll be live soon!


  4. A very good #BBCAAD morning to you!

    Lovely day for an Accessibility Awareness Day event! This is the building to head for if you're coming to Salford. Hope London and Glasgow are just as sunny.

    Tweet us at #BBCAAD#GAAD if you're attending today.

    The exterior of BBC Quay House offices in Salford looking sunny and bright
    Image caption: The sun is out in Salford!
  5. Schedule (18th May 2017, BST)

    • 10:00am - Welcome address from Matthew Postgate
    • 10:10am - Keynote: Mani Djazmi (BBC Journalist)
    • 10:30am - Managing diverse staff: Jon Adams (Flow Observatim)
    • 11:00am - Pablo, Involving the audience: Grainne McGuinness


    • 11:40am - Latest developments in subtitles: Nigel Megitt (BBC Access Services)
    • 12:00pm - My journey with MND, tech & art: Sarah Ezekiel (Artist)
    • 12:30pm - Taking Komplete Kontrol of your music - Andre Louis (Musician)


    • 2:00pm - Creating Accessible Content, insights from BBC Children's, myBBC, micro:bit, Learning, and Worldwide: lightning talks from BBC Accessibility Champions
    • 2:50pm - Cognitive 101: Jamie Knight & Lion (BBC Accessibility Specialist)


    • 3:40pm - Objects of intrigue: Rachael Moat (Drake Music Lab)
    • 4:00pm - Assistive technology demonstrations
    • 4:20pm - Something Special, reaching and representing the audience: Vanessa Amberleigh (BBC Children's Executive Producer)
  6. How do you paint with your eyes?

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    Video caption: BBC Accessibility Awareness Day - 18th May 2017

    Join us on 18th May, Global Accessibility Awareness Day #GAAD, as we showcase the latest assistive technology innovations and inclusive BBC output.

    From 10am-5pm BST, we will be streaming LIVE from Salford and London. We want to get you talking, thinking and learning about digital access/inclusion and people with different disabilities and talents.

    With sessions based around diversity, creativity, participation, and play, there should be something for everyone.

    Get involved with the conversation using #BBCAAD.