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…


Empowering all people in the workplace

By Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft Every day, we have an opportunity to stand up for each other and work together to empower people to achieve more. For many people, including the 1+ billion people in the world with disabilities, employment is critical to a productive and purposeful life. Today is the start of…


Otto Knoke, Power BI expert from Guatemala, types with his eyes

Otto Knoke (pronounced kuh-NO-kuh) helped modernize the business community in Guatemala. In 1998, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and has spent his time researching ways he could adapt to life with ALS and continue to work. This lead him to Microsoft’s new eye-tracking software for Windows 10, Eye Control. “Technology has permitted…


Xbox Adaptive Controller available today at Microsoft Stores

The Xbox Adaptive Controller is now available for purchase at Microsoft Stores and GameStop Online for $99.99. It is the first-of-its-kind and has lead the way in bringing inclusivity to the gaming industry. Inclusion has been at the forefront of the design process for the controller, working closely with gamers with limited mobility, accessibility experts,…