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MICROSOFT’S ACCESSIBILITY EFFORTS ’99

Greg Lowney, Director of Accessibility
One Microsoft Way; Redmond, WA 98053

Whether you’re a person with a disability, someone working in the rehabilitation or technology fields, or an educator bringing this technology to people around you, you are making one of the most important contributions possible. You are working to deliver technology to the people who can benefit from it. As a result, this session will focus on Microsoft’s efforts to make its products, programs and services accessible to individuals with disabilities. In addition, the presenter will detail Microsoft future efforts.

To date, Microsoft has:

Over the last year Microsoft has:

Bill Gates, Chairman and CEO of Microsoft, has personally re-committed everyone at the company to do their part to make the company’s products and services accessible. He also announced key initiatives to improve the way the company addresses these issues. He more than doubled the number of staff members working full-time on accessibility, in order to provide strong leadership within the company and throughout the industry. These employees will proactively oversee the work being done by key groups within the company, providing expertise on accessibility issues and serving as internal advocates within those product groups. Finally, he established a Director of Accessibility for the company, to be responsible for overall strategy and operations and reorganized the full-time accessibility employees as a single group to ensure continuity and focus.

Microsoft’s accessibility and disability efforts are focused around four strategic objectives:


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