Ask Me Anything is all about bringing a group of experts together to answer your questions. The session will run a panel discussion, moderated by our Program Director, Margaux Miller. You will submit your questions and our expert panelists will provide the answers.
For our inaugural Ask Me Anything: The Expert Series, we are excited to bring together a group of experts from Neovation and Level IT Up to answer all of your burning questions as they relate to accessible online content, accessible employment and building a culture of accessibility.
Check out the speakers and their areas of expertise and submit your questions when you register!
Taylor is Leader of the Flare Learning Digital Design Group at Neovation Learning Solutions. She manages a team of eLearning Design Experts focused on creating extraordinary online learning experiences for a wide variety of clients. With over 14 years of digital design experience, she is dedicated to shaping the future of the eLearning industry with innovative solutions and next level designs.
Over the last year, Taylor has focused her efforts on ensuring that the online modules her team creates are accessible to learners from all walks of life. With extensive research and testing, she has created a wide variety of fully accessible eLearning modules using Articulate Storyline 360.
Ashleigh is the Application Development Manager at Neovation Learning Solutions in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She manages a team of over 20 developers, UX designers and QA analysts who work to maintain and grow two elearning products. A graduate of the Computer/Analyst Programmer (CAP) program at Red River College, she has held various development and management roles in the tech industry for over 10 years.
Ashleigh is a vocal advocate for accessibility and inclusive design, working to make Neovation's products more accessible to users of all types and abilities. She has spoken about accessibility to a variety of audiences, including at Prairie Dev Con in Winnipeg and Regina, Confoo Montreal, and at TedxWinnipeg 2019, where she brought the idea and foundations of digital accessibility to an audience of nearly 700 Winnipeggers. Ashleigh has also published articles on digital accessibility in Code Magazine in 2019 and 2020.
In her free time, Ashleigh consumes a truly frightening amount of pop culture media, including movies, TV shows, comic books and novels. You can usually find her with Pokémon Go open on her phone, no matter where she is or what she's (supposed to be) doing.
Anne Kresta, MSc., is President/CEO of Level IT Up, and Chair of Neurowrx (www.neurowrx.org), an international alliance of organizations and businesses dedicated to increasing the employment of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Since it began operations in 2018, Level IT Up has recruited and deployed a number of talented individuals within the Winnipeg region. Level IT Up works through a comprehensive pre-employment training and assessment process with its candidates preparing them to assume competitive employment employers interested in both diversify their workforce and incorporating outstanding talent. Our candidates are both loyal and highly competent employees and Level IT Up is building its reputation as a source of quality candidates for local tech sector employers. In her outreach work Anne highlights both the autism advantage and employers can incorporate straightforward accommodations and strategies benefiting existing and future employees with and without ASD.