New accessibility improvements now available for Skype

A few months ago, we shared an update on our continued commitment to making Skype accessible. We are very grateful for the feedback you’ve given us and it continues to be an essential and impactful part of our work. We listened to your feedback and have added accessibility improvements in Skype version 8. For a…


Accessible Packaging for the Xbox Adaptive Controller

Earlier this year, we announced the Xbox Adaptive Controller – a first-of-its-kind controller for gamers with limited mobility. As we continue our journey to make gaming for everyone, we are incorporating inclusive design into the complete consumer experience, including product packaging. We relied on tester feedback to help rethink how we package our products and…


The Ability Hacks: Microsoft employees hack to make tech more accessible

  This week at the Microsoft One Week Hackathon, we will witness employees from around the company work together to “hack” solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. It has never been more important for us to help empower people through technology, including people with disabilities. It’s been incredible seeing the passion our employees…


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…