Brannon Zahand is a Senior Gaming Accessibility Program Manager at Microsoft. A 17-year game industry veteran, Brannon has held a variety of roles including Software Certification Lead, Senior Operations Program Manager, Release Manager, and Producer. He is a career-long accessibility advocate and is passionate about inclusive game design and cutting-edge assistive technologies that promise to make gaming more enjoyable for everyone.
Microsoft believes gaming is for everyone. To that end, we have developed a set of accessibility guidelines to apply to our first party titles. This session will be the public’s first look at these guidelines, how they were developed, and how they have been and will continue to be implemented. Also discussed will be Xbox Game Studios testing methodologies as they relate to them and what developers should think about when designing their own studio or title-specific accessibility guidelines.
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