Microsoft Accessibility Five-Point Plan

Microsoft’s Strategy

Microsoft has a four-pronged approach to making computers more accessible, by:

  • products, technologies and services that are accessible and usable by all people. This includes normal usability issues such as supporting keyboard usage and different appearance schemes, and accessibility-specific features such as closed-captions and compatibility with accessibility aids.

  • with the disability community to help us better understand and respond to customer needs, and so they can understand what we’re doing.

  • the development community to produce great accessibility solutions. We promote accessible design to application developers, and create new technologies that make it possible to create accessibility aids that are more robust, effective, and timely, and require less work.

  • with information to let them make informed choices about what to use, and make best use of the products they have.

Five New Initiatives

We are announcing five new initiatives to help bring about these goals:

  1. Strengthening promotion of accessibility through the Designed for Windows®
    logo program

  2. Adding specific guidelines for the company in addressing accessibility in its products

  3. Increasing communication between the disability-advocacy community and Microsoft product groups

  4. Significantly increase resources devoted to accessibility

  5. Achieving measurable improvements in the accessibility of key Microsoft products

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