Inclusion in action: Veronica scores 100% with Sway magnified to 225%

Today, we’re excited to introduce you to Veronica, a college student with low vision who uses accessibility capabilities in Microsoft Office 365 and Windows 10 to excel academically. Veronica is the third of six individuals featured in our Inclusion in Action series announced last month, highlighting how accessible technologies enable transformative change. Here’s her story. When…


Inclusion in action: Justin promotes inclusivity with technology as his voice

Today, we’re excited to introduce you to Justin, a college student with Athetoid cerebral palsy. He’s the second of six individuals featured in our Inclusion in Action series announced last week, highlighting how accessible technologies enable transformative change. Justin uses accessibility capabilities in Microsoft Office 365 and his communication device to excel in his studies…


Challenge the status quo and reinvent the future of disability employment

By Jessica Rafuse, NGO Program Manager, Microsoft  In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Microsoft recently invited Seattle-area businesses, agencies, and NGO representatives for transparent conversations on the benefits, challenges and potential solutions regarding disability employment. The goal of the gathering was to bring together the community of people with disabilities and employers to challenge…


Inclusion in Action: Andrew reads for the first time with Learning Tools

The inclusion of people with disabilities is integral to Microsoft’s mission to empower every person to achieve more. We celebrate and live this mission each day, from our work on inclusive hiring to inclusive design. And we’re energized to learn the ways that our inclusively designed technologies enable our customers. Today, we’re launching a new video…


The Fall Creators Update Brings Us Closer to a Windows for Everyone

By Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer Today, with the launch of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft is taking a big step forward on our journey to make our products more accessible and empower people with disabilities. Our teams have been working tirelessly to build inclusive content and expand the usability of core accessible…


Inclusion Drives Innovation in the Workplace

By Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer October marks the 70th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) with the theme, “Inclusion Drives Innovation”. This year it’s not just a theme – it’s a truth we see every day at our company and in organizations around the world. A diverse and talented workforce brings new…


Hitting Refresh on Accessibility

By Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer This week, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella released his new book, Hit Refresh. In it he shares the inside story of our quest to rediscover Microsoft’s soul and imagine a better future for everyone. It spans his journey from India to the US, to the culture changes he is driving…


Working Together to Advance Disability Inclusion in the Business Community

By Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer We recently attended the 20th Annual U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) National Conference in Orlando. It was truly an amazing week with over 1,200 people from across the U.S. corporate sector coming together to empower the business community to create inclusive workplaces that value people with disabilities. This year, Microsoft…


Disability Inclusion at Microsoft: A Personal Journey – Joey Chemis

“When you work at Microsoft, you get to be at the forefront of cutting-edge technology,” said Joey Chemis, a data scientist at Microsoft Worldwide Operations. Joey joined Microsoft through the Autism Hiring Program, designed to empower people with autism and help them demonstrate their skills and potential to hiring managers at the company. As Joey…