Cross Disability Employee Resource Group
The Cross Disability (XD) Employee Resource Group (ERG) was formed in 2009 from constituents of 10 different employee networks. The ERG represents employees with conditions such as hearing loss, blindness, visual impairments, ADD, mobility disabilities, and dyslexia.
Sponsorships and Partnerships
The XD ERG enters into partnerships with nationwide associations, nonprofit organizations, and special interest groups to increase disability awareness, drive joint objectives, and help organizations in need.
The XD ERG's partners include:
- American Association of People with Disabilities
- American Foundation for the Blind
- Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
- Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation
- Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology
- Michigan Business Leadership Network
- National Business and Disability Council
- Seattle Lighthouse
- US Business Leadership Network
- Washington State Business Leadership Network
The XD ERG's goal is to enable employees at Microsoft to reach their full potential through inclusion, representation, and access to accommodations and in doing so, be the employer of choice for people with disabilities globally. The ERG's four key priorities in pursuit of this goal have a direct impact on Microsoft and its employees:
- Drive internal visibility to ensure that there is an awareness of disability groups and that adequate accommodations and resources are available. Provide a resource pool of people who can share a wealth of knowledge and experience on how to succeed at Microsoft.
- Help Microsoft be best-in-practice with software, tools, buildings, and events that are accessible to all people with disabilities. Collaborate with our product teams to design, develop, and build accessible Microsoft products and drive accessibility improvements in the work environment.
- Build external awareness of Microsoft as the employer of choice for people with disabilities. Work with community partners to share Microsoft's approach and best practices in the areas of accessibility and ergonomic accommodations.