Next Stop on our Accessibility Journey: One Week

By Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer Today we kick off the 4th annual One Week hackathon event at Microsoft! In addition to showcasing new technologies, this employee event brings together people from around the world for a massive 3-day hackathon. The purpose is to tap into everyone’s creative spirit and find tech solutions for all kinds of…


Seeing AI App is Now Available in the iOS app store

Seeing AI, a free app that narrates the world around you, is available now to iOS customers in the United States, Canada, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore. Designed for the blind and low vision community, this ongoing research project harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to open up the visual world and describe…


Founder of Unlimited Tomorrow Looks to Change the World of Prosthetics

Easton LaChappelle is the creator of a robotic hand he spent six years researching as an alternative to advanced prostheses that can cost upwards of $100,000. He is the founder of Unlimited Tomorrow, whose mission is, “to make technology accessible to those who need it most.” LaChappelle stumbled upon the discovery of the financial burden…


The Path to Inclusion is Paved with Collaboration and Partnerships

By Megan Lawrence, PhD, Accessibility Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. As a passionate advocate for disability inclusion, there is nothing I like better than sharing Microsoft’s Accessibility story, swapping best practices and learning from my peers. I recently attended a great series of events on the east coast of the U.S. focused on the importance of…


ICT for Inclusive Urban Development: Smart Cities for All Toolkit Available in New Languages

By Laura Ruby, Director of Accessibility Policy and Standards at Microsoft Language should not be a barrier to inclusion. Microsoft is pleased to join G3ict and World Enabled today at the tenth session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at United Nations Headquarters…


Susan Hauser and Jenny Lay-Flurrie Recognized for Commitment to Accessibility and Inclusion

Last week, Microsoft employees were recognized for their commitment to accessibility and inclusion. Their leadership inspires us as we continue our journey to empower people with disabilities to achieve more. Susan Hauser, corporate vice president, Business and Corporate Responsibility at Microsoft, was recognized this week by the Cerebral Palsy Foundation for her commitment to accessibility…


Windows Accessibility: What to Expect Later This Year

By Jeff Petty, Windows Accessibility Program Manager Lead Today we are celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day. This is a great opportunity to share an inside look into what’s coming in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update later this year. Let’s take a quick look back, before we get into an overview of features that will be…


A Graphic Designer Rewrites Her Future with Parkinson’s Disease

Today at Build, Microsoft’s annual developer conference, chief executive officer Satya Nadella shared his vision for the future of technology. As part of the discussion, he emphasized the role that technology can play to empower people to achieve more and the importance of inclusive design to make sure technology leaves no one behind. At the…


Smart Cities for All Toolkit: G3ict, World Enabled and Microsoft Look to Empower Accessible Cities

In collaboration with G3ict and World Enabled, today we are pleased to announce the availability of the Smart Cities for All Toolkit. With support from Microsoft, the organizations launched the Smart Cities for All initiative to define the state of accessible technology in cities worldwide with a focus on closing the digital divide for persons…


Microsoft to Sponsor Autism @ Work Summit and Host Virtual Career Fair for Candidates with Autism

As we celebrate National Autism Awareness Month throughout April and World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, it is important to remember that the vast majority of working age people with autism are either unemployed or underemployed. We continue to look for ways to empower people to achieve more and help candidates with autism work…