Microsoft partners with governments and organizations to help bridge the digital divide

This blog post was written by Bonnie Kearney, Director of Accessibility & Aging Marketing at Microsoft. Bonnie has been with Microsoft for over 17 years and is especially passionate about building awareness for technology that improves the lives of people of all ages and abilities.   —- Thanks to a recent public-private partnership that included Microsoft, the City of…


The Challenge of Evaluating Product Accessibility

This blog post was written by Alex Li, Senior Accessibility Policy and Standards Strategist at Microsoft – Alex works with national and international standards organizations to improve the level of Accessibility for people with disabilities. — Throughout my career I have often been asked the question, “Is product X accessible?” by people new to the field…


Global Accessibility solutions in Action: Microsoft India recognized by the NCPEDP

The following blog post was written by James Thurston –Senior Strategist for Global Accessibility Policy and Standards at Microsoft. James works with Microsoft’s global subsidiaries, NGOs, and governments around the world to develop public policies that support broad digital inclusion. —- At Microsoft, our commitment to broad digital inclusion through accessible technology is global.  Microsoft…


Accessible Technology Awareness: Remembering SpecialNet

The following blog post was written by Gary Moulton, Senior Marcom Manager at Microsoft. Gary works on technology issues related to aging and people with disabilities, and has worked at Microsoft for 17 years. —- During the very early days of the internet there was a bulletin board system (BBS), named SpecialNet, that existed to…


The Teacher becomes the Student: Caregiving and Accessible Technology

The following blog post was written by Ellen Kampel, Public Relations Manager for Accessibility at Microsoft.  Nearing her 25 year mark at Microsoft, Ellen holds a Masters in Social Work (MSW) and works on technology issues related to aging and people with disabilities. — Recently, as I brought my husband home from the hospital after…


ADA’s impact continues: Celebrating progress and looking ahead

The following blog post has been written by Laura Ruby – Director of Accessibility Policy and Standards at Microsoft. She has worked on Accessibility Policy and Standards in the technology sector for over 22 years and cherishes her long standing relationships with government, consumer, and industry stakeholders. — July 26th, 2012 marked the 22nd anniversary of the Americans…


Using Kinect and HealthVault to Enhance Seniors’ Well-being

Since May 2011, seniors in Los Angeles have been getting fit, increasing social interaction, and enhancing their quality of life, thanks to a public-private partnership developed by Microsoft, the Los Angeles Department of Aging, Partners in Care Foundation, and St. Barnabas Senior Services. Details of the program—the “Exergamers” Wellness Club, which combines evidence-based health education,…