John’s Crazy Socks Empowers People with Disabilities

By Microsoft Accessibility In 2006, John Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome, turned his affinity for lively socks and spreading joy into a retail venture: John’s Crazy Socks. Today this successful small business operates as a shining example of disability inclusion, with more than half of its 35-person staff made up of employees with…


Announcing the first AI for Accessibility grantee: Zyrobotics

By Wendy Chisholm, Principal Accessibility Architect In May, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced AI for Accessibility to put AI tools in the hands of developers, universities, NGOs and inventors to accelerate the development of accessible and intelligent AI solutions to benefit people with disabilities around the world. Today, we are announcing the first AI for…


Accessibility Updates Coming to Windows 10

Today, we are happy to share the upcoming accessibility improvements in the Windows 10 October 2018 updates. These updates reflect our mission by giving you more accessibility features to enhance your personal computing experience. These features include Ease of Access updates, Narrator, and Learning Tools. Ease of Access makes Windows 10 easier to see with…


Empowering all people in the workplace

By Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft Every day, we have an opportunity to stand up for each other and work together to empower people to achieve more. For many people, including the 1+ billion people in the world with disabilities, employment is critical to a productive and purposeful life. Today is the start of…


Otto Knoke, Power BI expert from Guatemala, types with his eyes

Otto Knoke (pronounced kuh-NO-kuh) helped modernize the business community in Guatemala. In 1998, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and has spent his time researching ways he could adapt to life with ALS and continue to work. This lead him to Microsoft’s new eye-tracking software for Windows 10, Eye Control. “Technology has permitted…


Xbox Adaptive Controller available today at Microsoft Stores

The Xbox Adaptive Controller is now available for purchase at Microsoft Stores and GameStop Online for $99.99. It is the first-of-its-kind and has lead the way in bringing inclusivity to the gaming industry. Inclusion has been at the forefront of the design process for the controller, working closely with gamers with limited mobility, accessibility experts,…


New accessibility improvements now available for Skype

A few months ago, we shared an update on our continued commitment to making Skype accessible. We are very grateful for the feedback you’ve given us and it continues to be an essential and impactful part of our work. We listened to your feedback and have added accessibility improvements in Skype version 8. For a…


Accessible Packaging for the Xbox Adaptive Controller

Earlier this year, we announced the Xbox Adaptive Controller – a first-of-its-kind controller for gamers with limited mobility. As we continue our journey to make gaming for everyone, we are incorporating inclusive design into the complete consumer experience, including product packaging. We relied on tester feedback to help rethink how we package our products and…