Code Jumper: empowering students with inclusive coding tools

By Microsoft Accessibility We believe that learning to code is something that can empower every student with computational thinking and problem-solving skills. These skills are applicable to every career and industry. That is why today we are launching Code Jumper, a physical programming tool to help students who are blind or with low vision learn…


Working together to improve image captioning for people who are blind

Microsoft continues to push the boundaries of technology to improve and positively influence all parts of society. In order to explore new approaches at the intersection of computer vision and accessibility, we’re announcing an 18-month partnership with The University of Texas at Austin for our new Microsoft Ability Initiative. This initiative is one of many…


Empowerment marks the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities

By Jenny Lay-Flurrie   Today marks the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (UN IDPD). This year’s theme, “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” is a powerful and important reminder of the opportunity ahead to empower. Whether that’s with digital skills, technology that helps with daily needs or empowering and…


Ready, Set, Hire!

by Jessica Rafuse, Microsoft Accessibility Senior Program Manager NDEAM is a wrap, what’s next? As National Disability Employment Awareness Month comes to an end, I reflect on the last month and ask, “Now what?!” Making a positive impact on the unemployment and underemployment rates for people with disabilities is a challenge that must extend beyond…


New Skype 8.0 Accessibility Improvements

By Microsoft Accessibility Building on the work we announced earlier this year, we have listened to your feedback and continued to work to make the latest iteration (version 8.0) even more accessible. To help with the transition to Skype 8.0, we created the Accessibility support for Skype page with details on how to easily use a screen reader, keyboard shortcuts,…


John’s Crazy Socks Empowers People with Disabilities

By Microsoft Accessibility In 2006, John Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome, turned his affinity for lively socks and spreading joy into a retail venture: John’s Crazy Socks. Today this successful small business operates as a shining example of disability inclusion, with more than half of its 35-person staff made up of employees with…


Announcing the first AI for Accessibility grantee: Zyrobotics

By Wendy Chisholm, Principal Accessibility Architect In May, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced AI for Accessibility to put AI tools in the hands of developers, universities, NGOs and inventors to accelerate the development of accessible and intelligent AI solutions to benefit people with disabilities around the world. Today, we are announcing the first AI for…


Accessibility Updates Coming to Windows 10

Today, we are happy to share the upcoming accessibility improvements in the Windows 10 October 2018 updates. These updates reflect our mission by giving you more accessibility features to enhance your personal computing experience. These features include Ease of Access updates, Narrator, and Learning Tools. Ease of Access makes Windows 10 easier to see with…