A message from Microsoft's Chief Accessibility Officer
"We are on a journey and continue to learn and grow as we move forward. We hope by sharing what we've learned, other organizations can build out and accelerate their disability inclusion programs, hire great talent, and reduce the unemployment rate for people with disabilities. Game on!"Read Jenny Lay-Flurrie's full message
Our disability inclusion journey
Microsoft believes everyone should have the opportunity to make a difference and we stand behind that with our inclusion programs. Check out how we approach inclusion below.Get details about our inclusion journey
Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. One of the ways we fulfill this ambition is through an unwavering commitment to a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.
Our inclusive hiring career site provides details on hot jobs, up-coming events, employee stories, and frequently asked questions for candidates with disabilities, as well as a disability hiring toolkit for recruiters, information about the Microsoft Autism Hiring Program, and other resources.
Successful onboarding is vital to all new Microsoft employees. We offer an accessible new employee orientation program, an assigned mentor to assist with the transition, assistive technologies for your office, plus services such as building orientation, team training, and campus tours.
Our employees have access to support navigating their Microsoft benefits, health and wellness programs, ASL interpreters, and reasonable accommodations for medical needs or disabilities—which may include modified work schedules, assistive technology, and assistance when travelling.
Team-centric and company-wide training are offered to all employees. Topics such as disability education, etiquette, and inclusive best practices are just part of our training efforts.
We strive to build and enable the future of disability inclusion with our annual employee conference, the Microsoft Ability Summit, and numerous Employee Resource Groups for people with disabilities and allies.
Designing for inclusivity opens our experiences and reflects how people adapt to the world around them. To help fulfill our mission of empowering everyone, we created a comprehensive toolkit to guide inclusive design.
Innovation and research
Innovation requires intention. In our Xbox Inclusive Lab and the Microsoft Enable Lab, Microsoft researchers focus on creating technologies that empower everyone.
Each summer, Microsoft hosts global hackathons as a part of our annual one-week event. Since the first hackathon in 2014, we've formed "Ability Hacks" focused on solving unique challenges faced by people living with disabilities—150 hacks so far and counting.