At Microsoft, every day is Global Accessibility Awareness Day

  As we celebrate the seventh annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day, across Microsoft we are thinking daily about how technology can empower the 1 billion people worldwide who have disabilities. Not only is it important that we do this for our customers and our employees, it’s also an exciting area for technology and innovation to…


AI for Accessibility, a $25 million program to empower people with disabilities

The link to the audio description version is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVytpQy3eaE   Companies around the world have a great opportunity to transform the world with new technologies that rapidly change the way we live, learn, and work, including artificial intelligence. This rapid transformation is creating extraordinary opportunities for people with disabilities. We also recognize with great opportunities…


Rochester Institute of Technology empowers students who are deaf with AI real-time captions

Today, the Microsoft AI & Research team shared the details of a collaboration with the Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) National Technical Institute for the Deaf to empower students and teachers with AI technology. During lectures and discussions in classrooms, Microsoft Translator, an AI-powered speech and language technology, is helping to support students who are…


Individuals with Autism can bring untapped talent to every business

By Neil Barnett, Director of Inclusive Hiring and Accessibility, Microsoft I believe that diversity enriches organizations, from the products you create to the culture of employees rooted in empathy, understanding and a thirst for knowledge. That is why we announced the Autism Hiring Program three years ago on World Autism Awareness Day. We knew there…


Takeaways from the 2018 CSUN Assistive Technology Conference

Last week concluded the 33rd annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, a gathering of leaders and change-makers working to make technology more accessible. This year’s conference was filled with thought-provoking sessions and impactful demonstrations from experts in academia, advocacy organization, government agencies and businesses. It’s an honor to be involved in this event, and this year…


Microsoft’s Accessibility Journey: Education, Work and Life

By Jenny Lay-Flurrie, chief accessibility officer, Microsoft This week is one that many in the accessibility community look forward to all year. Today, I’m spending the day in San Francisco attending the Game Accessibility Conference (GAConf) along with colleagues from Xbox, then I’m headed to the 33rd annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference. I’m one of…


Working to make Skype more accessible

Today, Microsoft provided an update on our ongoing work to make Skype more accessible. We take feedback very seriously and are grateful to our active accessibility community who point us to areas of improvement. Following recent updates to Skype, your comments helped direct to the areas of our new versions where change was most needed…


Soundscape app empowers people who are Blind or have Low Vision to explore the world

By Rico Malvar, Chief Scientist and Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft  Advancements in technology can play a deep and meaningful role in the independent mobility of people who are blind or have low vision. That is why we created Microsoft Soundscape, a research project available today for free on iOS and iPhone in the US and UK. …


Microsoft Office 365 gets global recognition for its work in accessibility

On Friday February 23, 2018, Microsoft were awarded as an Innovative Practice of the Zero Project 2018 for the accessibility features in Office 365. The Zero Project, part of the Essl Foundation based in Austria, works for a world without barriers by researching and publishing innovations from around the world that help persons with disabilities….