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…


Making Technology More Accessible: OneNote, Project Torino and Copilot for Xbox One

By Microsoft Accessibility Blog As we continue to make our technology and services more accessible, we want to share a few recent highlights. This week, Microsoft is making the Accessibility Checker available on OneNote for Windows 10 as part of a series of updates for Office 365. The Accessibility Checker, which is also available in…


Game Chat Transcription feature available today in Halo Wars 2 for Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs

By Evelyn Thomas, Xbox Program Manager Today, Microsoft is releasing a new pilot feature available on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs called Game Chat Transcription. This feature allows speech-to-text and text-to-speech capabilities, offering a new way to communicate that creates a more accessible and inclusive gaming experience for everyone. Game Chat Transcription works in…


CSUN 2017 Conference Recap

By Jenny Lay-Flurrie – Chief Accessibility Officer The Microsoft team and I were in San Diego last week at the 2017 CSUN Assistive Technology Conference. There were so many moments of inspiration and learnings for us that it’s hard to choose just a few highlights. This year, Microsoft had the largest crew ever with over…


A Look Back – and a Look Ahead – at Accessibility at Microsoft

By Jenny Lay-Flurrie – Chief Accessibility Officer It’s been a little over a year since Microsoft restructured our approach to accessibility across the company and what a year it’s been! With CSUN kicking off this morning, want to take a moment to highlight the momentum at Microsoft and share some news – including an expanded…