As many of you know, Pro Tools offers extensive support of VoiceOver, the feature-rich screen reader technology built into Apple MacOS. Working together with Apple and a passionate team of beta testers, we deepened VoiceOver support in Pro Tools to the extent that there are users without eyesight around the world now using the software to enjoy their hobbies and to support their professional careers. In 2016, Avid earned an Access Award from the American Foundation for the Blind, joining the ranks of Disney, Major League Baseball, Google, Kurzweil and Netflix in receiving this national recognition. As a blind Avid employee and Pro Tools user, I am as proud as I am grateful for these ongoing improvements, and excited to team up with some important friends of Avid for a fun and informal event at NAMM called “Making Digital Music Creation Accessible.”
We will spend about 45 minutes to update attendees on tools and resources to make audio creation easier and more fun for those with difficulty seeing, and discuss how companies have successfully given accessibility a home in their development plans. From there, a team will demonstrate some leading products, including Avid Pro Tools, Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol, and an amazing new utility called Flow Tools, which are engineered to open up music composition, editing and mixing to everyone, including those who can’t see. Among the presenters will be two renowned blind audio engineers and presenters, Slau Halatyn and Mike Lockett, without whom these advances in Pro Tools would have been impossible. There will be plenty of time at the end for your questions and input.
Join us for this event on Sunday, January 22nd at 1:00 PM in Room 201 above Hall A at the Anaheim Convention Center. We are grateful to be hosted and sponsored by our friends at IMSTA and by Software NAMM. Avid and our partners are incredibly proud of the strides we are making in accessibility, and with participation from more companies and a broader commitment to these improvements, the best moments, by far, are yet to come. Companies developing accessible software and hardware for music creation will open new doors for visually impaired users and in so doing, will build their businesses.