Microsoft Accessibility Perspective on Federal Communications Commission Issues

Recently, Microsoft participated in a field hearing held by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. There are critical issues for people with disabilities relating to broadband access. For a description of Microsoft’s technology solutions and collaborative approach, please read the blog article, Promoting An Accessibility Ecosystem of Choice and Opportunity.  


Invitation to participate in Microsoft online survey of computer users who have low vision

Hi. I am working on a research project to understand how people optimize their computer to make it easier to see.  We just kicked off an online survey and are recruiting people who have vision impairments. So, if you have low vision or color blindness, we’d really appreciate your feedback. And if there’s someone you…


Trip Report: Accessibility research conference, DSAI 2009, sponsored by Microsoft

The research presented at the 2009 DSAI conference proved to be representative sampling of the types of research happening in universities around accessibility. (DSAI: Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion) Areas of study included web 2.0 accessibility (e.g., tag cloud reader), mobility (from dexterity, wheelchairs, and navigating the physical world); speech control and speech engines; and…


Real-time info about Web4All Conference

If you’re interested in the presentations and awards happening at the Web4All conference, follow our tweets at https://twitter.com/MicrsftTech4All. The theme for Web4All this year is meeting the needs of the older demographic, a hot topic! Also, Microsoft sponsored a design competition and you can learn about the winners at the conference web site.


Imagine Cup Accessibility Award – Entries due 3/31/09

The deadline for entries is is coming up soon, March 31. Please take the time to read up on the competition and submit your entries. http://imaginecup.com/Competition/mycompetitionportal.aspx?competitionId=33 Since we launched the Accessibility Award, we added on to the Prize Package. Both the first and second place winning teams will get a trip to Washington DC to attend the…


Request for Proposal: NCTI Technology in the Works

Are you a researcher or vendor working collaboratively to study the impact of technology in education? If so, there is a wonderful funding opportunity through the U.S. National Center for Technology Innovation.  http://www.nationaltechcenter.org/index.php/funding/tech-in-the-works/2009-tech-in-the-works/ I like this program because it encourages two aspects that are very important to NCTI: improving education for kids with special needs, and collaboration among people…


Students – Compete for Accessibility Award in Imagine Cup 2009

Announcing the launch of the Accessibility Award! This is the 2nd year that the Imagine Cup has a competition specifically for a creating a new accessible technology solution. The competition is open to University students around the world. The solution idea needs to solve a real-world accessibility problem with technology access. You can learn more…