Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship Winner Has a Passion for Technology and Biomedical Engineering

By almost any measure, Tara Blair was an exceptional high school student. She was in the top five percent of her class, co-founder of her school’s Science Olympiad Team, member of multiple Honor Societies, goalie on the varsity lacrosse team and co-captain of a nationally competitive ice hockey team. This would have been an impressive…


Learn How Microsoft Office Can Make Your Materials More Accessible

A new story over on the Office Blogs shows how Office can make documents, spreadsheets and other materials more accessible for people with disabilities. The story highlights how users can make documents more accessible for people with vision impairments who use screen readers. It also features the Accessibility Checker, which scans materials for accessibility issues and…


Not Impossible Labs Shows How Accessible Technology Can Improve Lives around the World

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. —– When Mick Ebeling first learned how 14-year-old Daniel lost his arms during a bombing in the war-torn Nuba Mountains of South Sudan he didn’t…


The International Association of Accessibility Professionals Is Growing Fast

  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. —– The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) is well on…


Microsoft Helps Open a New Computer Training Center in India for People with Vision Impairments

The following blog post was written by Juhee Ahmed, Senior Marketing Communications Manager and Corporate Social Responsibility Lead at the Microsoft India Development Center (MSIDC) in Hyderabad. Juhee works to support eye health as part of the MSIDC Giving Campaign. —– One of India’s most respected eye-health organizations, the L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI),…


Supreme Court Drops the R-Word

In a move hailed by advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court used the words intellectual disability instead of mental retardation in a recent ruling, becoming the latest and perhaps one of the last national institutions to make the change, DisabilityScoop reported. The long overdue change occurred in a ruling issued by the court last month and…


Back to School with a Wealth of Windows Education Apps for Students, Parents & Teachers

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. —– Students are heading back to school and this year more are showing up with mobile devices that extend their learning far beyond the classroom….


Microsoft Researcher Looks to Accessibility Group for Help Making Devices Responsive to Senses

Microsoft researcher Hong Tan wants to make device screens more responsive to your touch, or tactile senses, and she is drawing inspiration and support from the Accessibility group. Based in Microsoft Research Asia, Tan works on computer haptics, software and hardware that add tactile feedback, such as a clicking sensation when hitting a button on…


Windows 8 Empowers a High School Student with a Rare Disorder

It is not easy being sixteen. For any teenager, the demands of school, a new social world, extracurricular activities, family life, and an always-on digital world, mean sixteen is often not sweet. Alejandra Tristan is a typical teenager in most regards, but she faces a challenge that threatens to put a typical teenage life out…


Microsoft Sign Language Class Connects a Mother with Her Family and Colleagues

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. —– When Bonnie Kearney decided to take a sign language class during her lunch hour she was a little nervous. New languages didn’t always come…