Integrating Accessibility for a Student can Open Doors in the Classroom

This blog post was written by Ellis Straley, Senior Supportability Program Manager with Microsoft Support’s System Center and Security Group.  Although her primary role at Microsoft is not directly related to accessibility, Ellis hopes that sharing her experiences will help others find ideas that they can use to improve their lives. —- Every year when…


Rethinking the Role of Keyboards – Part Two

The following blog post was written by Larry Weiss – Accessible Technology Strategist at Microsoft. He has worked on making platforms accessible for more than 26 years. —- In a previous post, Alex Li challenged the assertion that a keyboard must control all of a computer’s software. So, if a keyboard is not required, what alternatives could…


Aging Gracefully with a Little Help from Technology, Senior Centers and Exergamers NYC

This blog post was written by Bonnie Kearney, director of Trustworthy Computing Communications for Accessibility and Aging at Microsoft.  Bonnie has been with Microsoft for more than 18 years and is especially passionate about building awareness for technology that improves the lives of people of all ages and abilities —– When was the last time…


It’s Time to Update the U.S. Public Accessibility Procurement Standard

This blog post was written by Alex Li, Senior Accessibility Policy and Standards Strategist at Microsoft. Alex works with national and international standards organizations to improve the level of accessibility for people with disabilities. —- Public procurement policies have been powerful tools in efforts to make information technology more accessible, helping to leverage the tremendous…


Microsoft Wins a National TDI Award for Its Commitment to Making Technology Accessible

The following blog post was written by Ellen Kampel, Public Relations Manager for Accessibility at Microsoft. Ellen holds a Masters in Social Work (MSW) and works on technology issues related to aging and people with disabilities. —- Yesterday, in Albuquerque, N.M., I accepted the Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Inc.’s Andrew Saks…


Why I Learned Sign Language

The following blog post was written by Ann Marie Rohaly – Director of Accessibility Policy and Standards at Microsoft. She has a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and has worked in the area of accessibility since 2009. —- I have always loved learning languages. In sixth grade, I was excited the day the junior high school…


Rethinking the Role of Keyboards in Accessible Technology – Part One

This blog post was written by Alex Li, Senior Accessibility Policy and Standards Strategist at Microsoft. Alex works with national and international standards organizations to improve the level of accessibility for people with disabilities. —- When I entered the field of accessibility ten years ago, the first golden rule I learned was that a keyboard…


Pushing for Inclusive Global Development at the United Nations

The following blog post was written by James Thurston – Director of International Accessibility Policy at Microsoft. James works with Microsoft’s global subsidiaries, NGOs, and governments around the world to develop public policies that support broad digital inclusion. —- People with disabilities belong at the heart of international development. That was the message hundreds of…


Why accessible technology matters… to all of us

In a recent article, Microsoft’s senior director of worldwide health, Bill Crounse, MD, provides thoughts, comments, news, and reflections about healthcare IT and how information technology can improve healthcare delivery and services around the world. As a long time champion of accessibility in healthcare, Dr. Bill Crounse reflects on the important role that accessibility continues…


Celebrate the International Day of Older Persons

The following blog post was written by James Thurston – Director of International Accessibility Policy at Microsoft. James works with Microsoft’s global subsidiaries, NGOs, and governments around the world to develop public policies that support broad digital inclusion. —- Today is the International Day of Older Persons, a date the United Nations designated nearly a…