Creating inclusive learning environments with Microsoft Accessibility


Presented at 2:15pm in Meadowbrook I/II on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.



  • Anita Mortaloni, O365 Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
  • Manju Banerjee, Vice President of Educational Research and Innovation at Landmark College, Landmark College

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


Meet Microsoft Accessibility experts, joined by Landmark College, to learn how Microsoft products can help create an inclusive learning environment meeting the needs of all learners. Landmark College, which exclusively serves students who learn differently, shares how they develop confident, independent students at scale through Microsoft products.


Microsoft's mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We're committed to creating and delivering technologies that empower students to do their best work, enable teachers to engage every learner and help ensure equity and inclusion in education. In this session, we will introduce new, built-in accessible technologies in Office 365 and Windows 10, designed to enable productivity for all learners. Landmark College, which exclusively serves students who learn differently, will share how they incorporate Microsoft accessibility tools at scale throughout its curriculum to enhance learning strategies and increase access and efficiency of student work. The suite of Office 365 tools are uniquely manipulated by teachers and students to maximize the teaching-learning experience. Using technologies to enhance productivity, not simply as compensatory devices helps students become confident, independent learners.


  1. Leverage Office 365 to create accessible content & enhance productivity for students with print disabilities
  2. How free, built-in assistive technologies in Windows 10 can help personalize learning
  3. How Office 365 can be used at scale enabling students to be more productive and independent learners

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Assistive Technology, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Anita Mortaloni

Anita Mortaloni is a Principal Program Manager driving accessibility across Office 365- including free applications for students and teachers. Over the last 12 years, Anita has held engineering and program management roles in release, sustaining and accessibility across Microsoft Office products. Her current role driving accessibility work for productive experiences includes ensuring Office 365 enables people with disabilities can create, communicate and consume content on any device, and empowers everyone to create accessible content. Evangelizing technologies that foster digital inclusion and hearing how people use our products every day is something Anita is very passionate about.

Manju Banerjee

Manju Banerjee, Ph.D. is Vice President of Educational Research and Innovation at Landmark College, Putney, VT. She oversees the Landmark College Institute for research and Training (LCIRT) and Division of Educational Technology and Online Programs (ETOP). Dr. Banerjee has over 30 years of experience in the field of learning disabilities, ADHD and postsecondary disability services. She is a certified diagnostician and teacher consultant on learning disabilities. She has published and presented extensively, both nationally and internationally, on topics such as, disability documentation and accommodations, postsecondary transition, online learning and universal design. She has been and currently is PI/Co-PI on several federal, foundational and NSF grants. Manju Banerjee is an editorial board member of the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability; LD: A Multi-Disciplinary Journal, Professional Advisory Board Member to the national Center on learning Disabilities (NCLD), Learning Disability Association of America, and a consultant to Education Testing Service and She received her doctoral degree from the Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut on the application of universal design to high stakes assessment.