Dimitris Iakovakis, Vicky Bikia, Despina Efthymiadou and Konstantinos Mavrodis have returned to Greece after a whirlwind week at Ability Bootcamp, their prize for winning the Imagine Cup Ability Award. Though they may no longer be absorbing all things Microsoft in person, they know they’ll be slowly taking in everything for a very long time.
Day three of an action-packed Ability Bootcamp should have produced four haggard student developers. But when we met up with Team Prognosis to recap their day, they were very excited, hyper even. And not just from all the Halloween candy they ate. Something major, something totally life changing had happened that day.
The second day of the Ability Bootcamp was a busy one for Team Prognosis of Greece. Dimitris, Vicky, Despina and Konstantinos spent the day with Microsoft experts in legal, marketing, public relations and business development.
This is not Despina Efthymiadou, Dimitris Iakovakis, Konstantinos Mavrodis and Vicky Bikia’s first trip to Seattle. Just a few months ago, they competed at the Imagine Cup World Finals and took home third place in the World Citizenship category. Team Prognosis also won the Microsoft Ability Award, given to the team who best demonstrated innovation with the potential to drive a more accessible and inclusive workplace and world. The prize for this award was a trip back to Microsoft campus for a custom-made, five-day Ability Bootcamp.
Today IBM and Microsoft are announcing a solution through IBM Kenexa Assess on Cloud that will allow customers who are blind or visually impaired to assess a person's ability to use Microsoft Office through simulation technology.
At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more. One of the ways we do deliver on that commitment to people of all abilities is through our Disability Answer Desk. Today, I had the honor of speaking about our ASL support, which allows people who are deaf or hard of hearing obtain assistance for using Microsoft products from an agent who speaks ASL as their primary language through a videophone, at the TDI Biennial Conference in Baltimore, MD.
The Disability Answer Desk (DAD), in collaboration with our French and Spanish support colleagues, are excited to share that DAD support is available in French and Spanish speaking countries; specifically France, Belgium, Canada, Mexico and Spain.
The Teaching Accessibility effort is supported by a number of industry and academic organizations (including Microsoft) and looks to begin contributing to the foundation of knowledge of accessibility in in fields of academics such as design, computer science and human computer interaction. It is our belief that students must be better prepared to enter the workforce and be given better tools that allow them to create technologies that are truly inclusive.
The Subtitling Add-In for Microsoft PowerPoint (STAMP) has just been updated and now supports Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, 2013 and later. Visit the Microsoft Accessibility Blog for more info.
If you currently use Assistive Technologies (AT), like screen readers or magnifiers, your experience on Windows 10 will be similar in many ways to what you are accustomed to on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. In addition, Windows 10 introduces new features and applications that will continue to improve as we deliver Windows as a service to our customers over time. Learn a few tips for a more accessible Windows 10 experience at the accessibility blog.