Accessibility is an important issue for us at Microsoft. By providing technology solutions that are accessible to all people, including those with disabilities, our goal is to empower everyone to realize their full potential. This is a concern that we know is shared across public sector and private organizations, as each person these organizations touch - from employees to constituents -has unique technology needs.
That's why I'm proud to announce that on October 28, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) awarded Microsoft's accessibility team with a Chairman's Award for Advancement in Accessibility. The awards program recognizes outstanding private and public sector ventures that advance accessibility for people with disabilities. Awards are presented for the development of individual mainstream or assistive technologies introduced into the marketplace, the development of standards, or the implementation of best practices that foster accessibility. Needless to say, it was a great honor for our accessibility team, and our company.
The Microsoft program that was honored involved the development of "accessibility kits" for public and private organizations worldwide, containing specific information about many types of impairments and the accessible technology solutions available to address the needs of people with these impairments. In fact, these kits are available today, including accessibility guides for both government and business organizations. The kits also contain a variety of training tools to help IT professionals learn how to build accessible technology and improve the accessibility of public-facing services, including websites. You can find these training tools here:
I hope you'll join us in congratulating our accessibility team for their efforts to make technology a more equitable and empowering experience for all people.
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