ADA Anniversary: Looking Forward to a People-Centric Society

The following blog post has been written by Laura Ruby – Director of Accessibility Policy and Standards at Microsoft. She has worked in this area of the technology sector for more than 22 years. — The Americans with Disabilities Act turns 23 today and we have done a lot to make technology more accessible during its first…


Sliding Doors: Transformative moment inspires Accessibility Journey

The following post is authored by Wendy Chisholm – Senior Accessibility Strategist at Microsoft. She is co-author of “Universal Design for Web Applications” (O’Reilly) and a former editor of W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 and 2.0. With 17 years of experience making web applications accessible, she helps teams across Microsoft understand and implement accessible…


Puget Sound World Usability Day (WUD) event

WUD’s Up? The annual World Usability Day (WUD) is on November 8, 2012. WUD is a collection of events streamed live around the globe (for more information, go to http://www.worldusabilityday.org/). Microsoft and the University of Washington’s Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering are proud to continue our tradition of co-hosting the Puget Sound WUD…


Speech Recognition: Yesterday’s science fiction is today’s reality

This blog post was written by Daniel Hubbell, Senior Marketing Communications manager at Microsoft. Daniel’s career spans more than 12 years at Microsoft and his current role is focused on increasing the awareness of accessibility with consumers and regularly speaks at events and conferences on the topics of Accessible Technology. Speech recognition is one 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…


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…


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…


Developing Accessible apps for Windows 8

Greetings! As many of you know Microsoft has kicked off the developer preview of Windows 8 at the BUILD conference in Anaheim just a few short weeks ago. Although you may not have been able to make it to the conference, there is still an opportunity to experience the keynote, sessions, and Windows 8 itself….