Once again Micorosft is proud to sponsor and participate in the 27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN) in San Diego, California, held this year between February 29 and March 3. Microsoft will present nine sessions in a dedicated showcase suite at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel featuring products such as Windows, Office, and Kinect for Xbox 360.
The CSUN conference has been a important venue for Microsoft over the years. It has been a place where we have introduced technology, built partnerships, and inspired customers of all abilities. This year, in addition to our normal conference activities, we plan to do something a little different. For years my colleague Gary Moulton and I have talked about going on a "road trip" through the back roads of America, to explore and share the stories of how accessible technology appears in every corner of our communities. Finally we decided to do it! On February 20th, Gary and I will embark on the “Road to CSUN”, an eight day road trip from Seattle to San Diego where we will be exploring and sharing these stories.
Check back here at the Microsoft Accessibility Blog (http://aka.ms/EnableBlog), between now and our departure on February 20th, to learn more about the preparations for our trip. And starting on February 20th you can follow Gary and I's “Road to CSUN” adventure as we regularly post updates and video from our trip. You can also follow us on Twitter at @MSFTEnable or #Road2CSUN.
You have great initiatives. But I have been asking myself lately, if Microsoft is so committed to accessibility for disabled individuals, then why is customization still required on the parts of screen reader manufacturers and/or owners to get most aplications to work? I mean, look at Sharepoint. Developers basically have to rip it apart and start anew to get it to comply with 508 standards.