European Disability Forum and Microsoft Team up to Enhance Accessibility

Accessibility is now high on the European agenda as the European Union and 24 out of the 27 EU Member States have ratified the United-Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which states that persons with disabilities have the rights to access the digital environment to the same extent as anyone else. The…


Sliding Doors: Transformative moment inspires Accessibility Journey

The following post is authored by Wendy Chisholm – Senior Accessibility Strategist at Microsoft. She is co-author of “Universal Design for Web Applications” (O’Reilly) and a former editor of W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 and 2.0. With 17 years of experience making web applications accessible, she helps teams across Microsoft understand and implement accessible…


Puget Sound World Usability Day (WUD) event

WUD’s Up? The annual World Usability Day (WUD) is on November 8, 2012. WUD is a collection of events streamed live around the globe (for more information, go to http://www.worldusabilityday.org/). Microsoft and the University of Washington’s Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering are proud to continue our tradition of co-hosting the Puget Sound WUD…


2012 Paralympic Games: A Spectacular Celebration of Ability

The following blog post was written by Ellen Kampel, Public Relations Manager for Accessibility at Microsoft.  Nearing her 25 year mark at Microsoft, Ellen holds a Masters in Social Work (MSW) and works on technology issues related to aging and people with disabilities. — While traveling to England to attend a family wedding and visit…


Speech Recognition: Yesterday’s science fiction is today’s reality

This blog post was written by Daniel Hubbell, Senior Marketing Communications manager at Microsoft. Daniel’s career spans more than 12 years at Microsoft and his current role is focused on increasing the awareness of accessibility with consumers and regularly speaks at events and conferences on the topics of Accessible Technology. Speech recognition is one of…


Back to School: Personalizing PCs for Special Education Students

The following blog post was written by LaDeana Huyler, Senior Marcom Manager for Accessibility at Microsoft. She is passionate about increasing awareness for accessibility, especially for children with disabilities with a focus on accessibility in education. —- Recently, many students have gone back to school and are preparing for a new school year full of…


Microsoft partners with governments and organizations to help bridge the digital divide

This blog post was written by Bonnie Kearney, Director of Accessibility & Aging Marketing at Microsoft. Bonnie has been with Microsoft for over 17 years and is especially passionate about building awareness for technology that improves the lives of people of all ages and abilities.   —- Thanks to a recent public-private partnership that included Microsoft, the City of…


The Challenge of Evaluating Product Accessibility

This blog post was written by Alex Li, Senior Accessibility Policy and Standards Strategist at Microsoft – Alex works with national and international standards organizations to improve the level of Accessibility for people with disabilities. — Throughout my career I have often been asked the question, “Is product X accessible?” by people new to the field…


Global Accessibility solutions in Action: Microsoft India recognized by the NCPEDP

The following blog post was written by James Thurston –Senior Strategist for Global Accessibility Policy and Standards at Microsoft. James works with Microsoft’s global subsidiaries, NGOs, and governments around the world to develop public policies that support broad digital inclusion. —- At Microsoft, our commitment to broad digital inclusion through accessible technology is global.  Microsoft…


Accessible Technology Awareness: Remembering SpecialNet

The following blog post was written by Gary Moulton, Senior Marcom Manager at Microsoft. Gary works on technology issues related to aging and people with disabilities, and has worked at Microsoft for 17 years. —- During the very early days of the internet there was a bulletin board system (BBS), named SpecialNet, that existed to…