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Lori Samuels

Lori Samuels

Accessibility Director, NBCUniversal Media
Lori Samuels is Accessibility Director at NBC Universal, where she leads strategic accessibility programs to institute best practices in inclusive design, train software development teams, drive cultural maturity in disability inclusion, and fortify executive sponsorship. Lori has enjoyed career roles in Software Engineering, Technical Program Management and Accessibility Consulting—mostly for consumer and educational markets. Her passion for making technology work for people of all abilities started in 1993 when she was Director of Engineering at Broderbund Software. She went on to start Intuit's enterprise accessibility program and deliver the first-ever accessible version ofQuickBooks. Prior to joining NBC, Lori led accessibility programs and initiatives at Microsoft, impacting products such as Bing, Cortana, .NET, Visual Studio, Microsoft Store, Azure, and Dynamics. Lori and her family live in northern Utah, where they enjoy skiing, camping, hiking and boating in the beautiful mountains.

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Solving Problems with and for the Problem Solvers


Release Date: 07/27/2020, Lori Samuels, Alice Meadows, Sylvia Izzo Hunter, Parinay Malik, Simon Holt, Bruce Rosenblum, Catherine Harding-Wiltshire

We all strive to make our content and services more accessible and inclusive for our customers. But how well are we progressing toward the equally important goal of welcoming the unique perspectives, contributions, and problem-solving abilities of people with disabilities into our organizations? What does “working with a disability” look like—for employees, colleagues, and employers? This session explores what it’s like to work in our industry while disabled, foregrounding the voices of publishing professionals with visible or hidden disabilities and of specialists in assistive technologies and disability inclusion and empowerment. We know that recruiting and retaining people with disabilities strengthens our organizations and improves our capacity to innovate, problem-solve, and meet our customers’ accessibility needs. What practices and processes foster inclusion efforts? How can you make a difference in your workplace? What does this mean for your organization’s hiring process, retention practices, and approaches to accommodation?