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.
The Disability Answer Desk is a team of Windows and Office Support Agents who specialize in assisting customers with disabilities as well as accessibility settings in Microsoft products. We are pleased to announce that we have expanded the DAD service to 11 countries via phone support with six of those countries also offering chat support. Visit the Accessibility blog for the whole article.
By almost any measure, Tara Blair was an exceptional high school student. She was in the top five percent of her class, co-founder of her school’s Science Olympiad Team, member of multiple Honor Societies, goalie on the varsity lacrosse team and co-captain of a nationally competitive ice hockey team.
This would have been an impressive high school career for any student. Blair achieved all of this with ocular albinism, a visual impairment that affects her depth perception, peripheral vision, and overall vision.
Today, Blair added another achievement, receiving the first Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship for college-bound students with a passion for technology who have a disability.
A new story over on the Office Blogs shows how Office can make documents, spreadsheets and other materials more accessible for people with disabilities.