Artist and Researcher Suggests All Technology is Assistive Technology

What is assistive technology? This month, The Atlantic explores the question in a fascinating conversation with Sara Hendren, who writes and lectures extensively about technology and accessibility. Hendren believes “all technology is assistive” and that design should follow this premise. She explains: By returning “assistive technology” to its rightful place as just “technology” – no…


Microsoft Accessibility Resource Centers Help Spread Awareness for Built-in Accessibility

The following blog post was written by Ellen Kampel, Public Relations Manager for Accessibility at Microsoft. Ellen holds a Masters in Social Work (MSW) and works on technology issues related to aging and people with disabilities. —– For nearly a decade Microsoft has partnered with a network of independent accessibility information and service centers across…


Microsoft Will Help Launch a New Association for Accessibility Professionals

  This blog post was written by Rob Sinclair, Microsoft’s Chief Accessibility Officer. Rob is responsible for the company’s worldwide strategy to develop software and services that make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to see, hear, and use their computers. —– Last month, I joined the founding members of the International…


3-D Printing Emerges as a Powerful Technology in the World of Disability

The following blog post was written by Ann Marie Rohaly – Director of Accessibility Policy and Standards at Microsoft. She has a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and has worked in this area of the technology sector since 2009. —- When I think about what led me into the emerging field of biomedical engineering many years…


A Long-time Advocate discusses Challenges Progress, and Potential in Accessibility for the Blind

The following blog post was written by Paul Nyhan, a staff writer with the Microsoft Accessibility Blog. Paul is a 20-year journalism veteran who has written extensively about disability issues. —- Gary Wunder spent the last 30 years working with computers and as an advocate for the blind, so he has seen technology become more…


Breaking Barriers: Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

  This blog post was written by Rob Sinclair, Microsoft’s Chief Accessibility Officer. Rob is responsible for the company’s worldwide strategy to develop software and services that make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to see, hear, and use their computers. —– Today, we are celebrating the United Nations International Day of…


Nokia Contest Will Reward Developers of Apps for Vision-Impaired Users on Windows Phone

The following blog post was written by David Dzumba – Accessibility program manager at Microsoft. He has worked in this area of the technology sector for more than 16 years. —- The explosive growth of app development for mobile phones has been particularly helpful to blind and low-vision users. Today, apps enable a mobile phone…


Interview: Developing Accessible Applications for Windows Phone

The following blog post was written by David Dzumba – Accessibility program manager at Microsoft. He has worked in this area of the technology sector for more than 16 years. —In the earliest stages of development it is important to design an application for everyone, including those of us with limitations in vision, hearing, speech,…


Microsoft and the European Disability Forum Host Discussion on E-Government

The following blog post was written by James Thurston – Director of International Accessibility Policy at Microsoft. James works with Microsoft’s global subsidiaries, NGOs, and governments around the world to develop public policies that support broad digital inclusion. —- Yesterday Microsoft co-hosted an important policy discussion with the European Disability Forum (EDF) at the European…