Microsoft wins Technology Initiative of the Year award for making its products accessible

Microsoft has won an award for ensuring its products can be used by as galore people as possible.

The company took home the Technology Initiative of the Year prize at the disablement-Smart Awards in London. The event “recognises individuals and organisations around the world that have made an outstanding contribution to disabled people”.

Hector Minto, a Senior Technology Evangelist at Microsoft who focuses on accessibility, said: “We are delighted to have won this award from the Business disablement Forum.

“Microsoft designs all its products with accessibility in mind, to make life and work easier for all people. Only by ensuring features so much as Immersive Reader and Read Aloud are available for everyone to use, do we level the playing field for people with disabilities and create products that everyone loves. Features that are designed and influenced by employees with disabilities often become features that we all love.”

Hector Minto, right, and Michael Vermeersch collect the award
Hector Minto, right, and Michael Vermeersch collect the award

Microsoft embeds accessibility features into its products to ensure people with a range of disabilities can use technical schoolnology to its fullest.

Earlier this week the company proclaimed that Skype and PowerPoint would shortly get live captions and subtitles to help the deaf and hard of hearing community by offering the ability to read what is being expressed in real-time.

The Xbox adaptative Controller won a major industry award last month for facultative people with limited quality to play videogames. The controller, which empowers gamers to use their own buttons, joysticks and switches to mimic a standard controller, landless the Outstanding Contribution Award at the Golden Joysticks.

Other winners at the disablement-Smart Awards, which was held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Whitehall, enclosed Sir Philip Rutnam. The Permanent Secretary of the UK Civil Service was one-handed the Senior disablement Champion of the Year award for his “ongoing commitment to championing employment opportunities for disabled people crosswise all levels of the civil service”.

Proud isn’t the word! Congrats to my friends crosswise the pool for driving on the importance of disablement inclusion and #accessibility in UK.
And give thanks you @disablementSmart for the partnership and continuing wise counsel!

— Jenny Lay-Flurrie (@jennylayfluffy) November 29, 2018

KPMG was named authoritative Business of the Year for career on companies to nominate disablement champions.

Diane Lightfoot, Chief Executive of the Business disablement Forum, said: “Through the disablement-Smart Awards we aim to recognise those individuals who work indefatigably, and often with little recognition, to create a more comprehensive environment for disabled people.

“Such was the variety of the good work being done that we have seen transnational companies, technical school start-ups, councils and football clubs standing shoulder-to-shoulder in our group of nominees.”

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