ADA Anniversary: The Continued Importance of Inclusion

By Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer On July 26 we will celebrate the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA stands as one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation and prohibits discrimination while ensuring that people with disabilities have the same opportunities and rights as people without disabilities….


Empowering Special Olympics athletes, on and off the field

  While the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will showcase the incredible talent of thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities, this summer’s USA Games will also mark a milestone moment off the field. For the first time in the Special Olympics’ 50-year history, Special Olympics will offer a job fair and employer training for athletes…


Microsoft Soundscape: Lighting up the world with sound

By Amos Miller, Product Strategist, Microsoft AI + Research A few years ago, when my daughter was only 5, we walked down the street after going to see a play at the Angel Theatre in London, looking for a place to get a bite. Dad and Kiddo, a normal setting. Kiddo had to do all…


Working together to develop an HID standard for braille displays

We believe accessibility and inclusion are essential in empowering every person to achieve more. Advancements in technology and inclusive design can help reach this goal. However, we need to work together, across the tech industry, to ensure no one gets left behind. That is why Microsoft, Apple and other industry organizations collaborated to develop a…


Microsoft and local employers host inclusive hiring job fair for people with disabilities

By Neil Barnett, Director of Inclusive Hiring and Accessibility, Microsoft According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is more than double that of people without disabilities. As employers, we have the responsibility to help open the door to employment and create an inclusive workplace culture. That is why…


At Microsoft, every day is Global Accessibility Awareness Day

  As we celebrate the seventh annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day, across Microsoft we are thinking daily about how technology can empower the 1 billion people worldwide who have disabilities. Not only is it important that we do this for our customers and our employees, it’s also an exciting area for technology and innovation to…


AI for Accessibility, a $25 million program to empower people with disabilities

The link to the audio description version is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVytpQy3eaE   Companies around the world have a great opportunity to transform the world with new technologies that rapidly change the way we live, learn, and work, including artificial intelligence. This rapid transformation is creating extraordinary opportunities for people with disabilities. We also recognize with great opportunities…


Rochester Institute of Technology empowers students who are deaf with AI real-time captions

Today, the Microsoft AI & Research team shared the details of a collaboration with the Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) National Technical Institute for the Deaf to empower students and teachers with AI technology. During lectures and discussions in classrooms, Microsoft Translator, an AI-powered speech and language technology, is helping to support students who are…


Individuals with Autism can bring untapped talent to every business

By Neil Barnett, Director of Inclusive Hiring and Accessibility, Microsoft I believe that diversity enriches organizations, from the products you create to the culture of employees rooted in empathy, understanding and a thirst for knowledge. That is why we announced the Autism Hiring Program three years ago on World Autism Awareness Day. We knew there…