Unlocking the Future of Accessibility with AI: Webinar with Heather Dowdy
19:30 to 21:00

Title: Unlocking the Future of Accessibility with AI

Speaker:  Heather Dowdy, Senior Program Manager

Date and Time : Thursday 25 February 2021 at 19.30pm due to finish at about 21.00 (London time)

Booking Link and details at https://www.bcs.org/events/2021/february/webinar-unlocking-the-future-of-accessibility-with-ai/

48 hours and 1 hour pre event, an email will be sent automatically to anyone who has registered, and providing information to access the webinar.

Cost: Free

Organised by BCS Quality SG,  jointly with Hampshire and London Central Branch, and BCSWomen Specialist group,


19.30  Presentation

21.00  Estimated end


The future is not yet accessible. How could AI unlock new solutions in assistive technology and access to technology for over 1 billion people around the world living with disabilities?

Come – explore cutting-edge issues and ethical considerations around AI and disability.

Bio of Heather Dowdy

With more than a decade of experience developing and demonstrating accessible technology in mobile, web and artificial intelligence, Heather Dowdy is passionate about using the design thinking process to create solutions that improve usability for everyone. She currently leads Partner Strategy for the Microsoft AI for Accessibility grant program. Heather is responsible for nurturing the growing number of global partnerships with startups, researchers, and NGOs and providing grantees with resources to scale the impact of technology for people with disabilities.

Before relocating to Redmond, she was the Senior Product Manager of Accessibility Engineering at Motorola Mobility in Chicago. Heather has served as Chair of the Accessibility Working Group (AWG) of the Mobile Manufacturers’ Forum (MMF) and Chair of the Board of Directors of the World Institute on Disability.

As the oldest daughter of Deaf parents, Heather is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and loves to connect the dots across disability, race and tech. A strong believer in empowering communities through education and benevolence, she is the co-founder of Microsoft Ninja Camp, providing STEM leadership training to high school students with disabilities. Heather also enjoys reading, journaling, and interacting with different cultures while traveling abroad.