Creating accessibility for all: Empowering persons with disabilities


Johannesburg, 12 Dec 2018

With more than one billion people in the world living with disabilities, it's vital that technology reflects the diversity of the users to foster digital inclusion for all.

Microsoft is working with organisations around the world to push the boundaries of what technology can do to empower people.

This year, as part of the 'WE Are One' campaign, Microsoft is enabling educators to make their classrooms more accessible and inclusive ,through the use of Microsoft technologies such as Immersive Reader, ease of access tools, Microsoft Translator, and more.

Microsoft believes that diversity is a strength for any business or community, and people need to work together to empower persons living with disabilities so they can create, consume, and share content in their preferred way.

This not only benefits people living with disabilities but also benefits the wider community. One example is the voice commands and remote controls designed for people living with disabilities, yet they benefit everybody.

At this year's Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), some new improvements made to the Accessibility Checker were announced. Before sharing content, users can run the accessibility checker, which is now easily discoverable in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, and Visio, to find and fix any issues that might make content difficult for people with disabilities to use.

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