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 and inclusion. The Design for Disability Gala on May 16 was a Moment of Impact, celebrating the foundation’s 60th anniversary, focusing on the translational research and clinical application that can dramatically change lives today while working toward the eventual prevention of cerebral palsy. The foundation is the largest non-governmental funder of cerebral palsy research in the United States.
Jenny Lay-Flurrie, chief accessibility officer at Microsoft, received a separate honor this week as well, when she was recognized at the Viscardi Center’s Celebrity Sports Night. The event is a fundraiser in its 51st year aimed at enriching the lives of people with disabilities. The event’s sponsor, The Viscardi Center, is a network of non-profit agencies devoted to empowering people with disabilities to live active lives in an inclusive society.
The organization was founded by Henry Viscardi Jr., who worked tirelessly to promote the capabilities and employment prospects of injured veterans. He also founded the Henry Viscardi School, an institution where 160 children with severe physical disabilities, including muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy, receive an education and full-time medical care.
As a recipient of the award, Jenny stands in great company, as past participants include New York’s former mayor, Michael Bloomberg, and sports legends Jack Nicklaus and Arthur Ashe.
We are deeply humbled by the recognition of our work and will use this moment as inspiration as we continue our journey to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. The experience is a testament to the passion and drive Susan and Jenny bring to their work.
Across the organization, Microsoft employees are dedicated to making technology more accessible for people with disabilities. You can read more about our work in a post from Jenny Lay-Flurrie at Microsoft On the Issues.