Sharing our learnings on World Autism Awareness Day

By Neil Barnett, Director of Inclusive Hiring and Accessibility at Microsoft Being inclusive is not something we simply do, but rather it stands for who we are. The value proposition for diversity and inclusion within Microsoft is increasingly clear — a diverse and inclusive workforce will yield better products and solutions for our customers, and…


Better Together

By Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer Hi folks, writing to you from Seattle and not from the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in sunny Anaheim as planned. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to be there in person this year as a health condition is last minute preventing me from flying down. Gutted! I’ve been looking forward…


What’s new with Seeing AI

By Saqib Shaikh, Software Engineering Manager and Project Lead for Seeing AI Seeing AI provides people who are blind or with low vision an easier way to understand the world around them through the cameras on their smartphones. Whether in a room, on a street, in a mall or an office – people are using…


Microsoft Accessibility sessions slated for CSUN 2019

Microsoft Accessibility Team at CSUN Assistive Technology Conference. Update: Resources for CSUN Attendees For those of you attending the CSUN conference, you can Download Presentation Slides in advance. Our staff will be on hand to welcome you to our booth, #609 in the Exhibit Hall. Stop by for one of our short lightening talk demos…


Code Jumper: empowering students with inclusive coding tools

By Microsoft Accessibility We believe that learning to code is something that can empower every student with computational thinking and problem-solving skills. These skills are applicable to every career and industry. That is why today we are launching Code Jumper, a physical programming tool to help students who are blind or with low vision learn…


Working together to improve image captioning for people who are blind

Microsoft continues to push the boundaries of technology to improve and positively influence all parts of society. In order to explore new approaches at the intersection of computer vision and accessibility, we’re announcing an 18-month partnership with The University of Texas at Austin for our new Microsoft Ability Initiative. This initiative is one of many…


Empowerment marks the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities

By Jenny Lay-Flurrie   Today marks the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (UN IDPD). This year’s theme, “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” is a powerful and important reminder of the opportunity ahead to empower. Whether that’s with digital skills, technology that helps with daily needs or empowering and…


Ready, Set, Hire!

by Jessica Rafuse, Microsoft Accessibility Senior Program Manager NDEAM is a wrap, what’s next? As National Disability Employment Awareness Month comes to an end, I reflect on the last month and ask, “Now what?!” Making a positive impact on the unemployment and underemployment rates for people with disabilities is a challenge that must extend beyond…


New Skype 8.0 Accessibility Improvements

By Microsoft Accessibility Building on the work we announced earlier this year, we have listened to your feedback and continued to work to make the latest iteration (version 8.0) even more accessible. To help with the transition to Skype 8.0, we created the Accessibility support for Skype page with details on how to easily use a screen reader, keyboard shortcuts,…