Working with the General Services Administration to demonstrate Microsoft’s approach to make technology more accessible


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At Microsoft, we are on a mission to to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. With 1+ billion people with disabilities in the world, we’re passionate about ensuring that our products and services are designed for people of all abilities. We are passionate about our work and are collaborating with enterprise and government customers to share our approach to make technology more accessible.

In December, members of the Accessibility teams at Microsoft facilitated an all-day training session for Federal Section 508 Program Managers to help them understand our journey to embrace accessibility and highlight recent improvements in Microsoft products, including Windows 10 and Office 365.

Hosted by General Services Administration’s (GSA) Office of Government-wide Policy (OGP), the event included multiple speakers, demonstrations of products designed to test accessibility of computer hardware products, software, and websites, and our work to make our Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs) transparent and accurate. You can read more about the event on the GSA's blog.

If you want to find more about our journey, check out the information on our Accessibility website and enjoy reading about the new features launched in Office 365, such as the Accessibility Checker. This is now in the main menu of Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and more! And, if you’re new to Narrator, please enjoy the Narrator ‘Get Started’.

For more information on Microsoft’s product accessibility conformance reports that describe how the accessibility features of our products help meet standards, please explore these resources:

Remember your feedback is a gift, so please reach out to UserVoice or contact Disability Answer Desk for 1:1 technical support.


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