[accesscomp] ACB Partners with Microsoft to advance accessibility for blind persons

  • From: "Robert Acosta" <boacosta@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <aw-announcements@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2015 21:01:40 -0800

The following illustrates why ACB is the best organization of and for the
blind,without a doubt.


From: Eric Bridges via advocacy [mailto:advocacy@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2015 6:35 AM
To: leadership@xxxxxxxxxxxx; announce@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: iac@xxxxxxxxxxxx; advocacy@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [advocacy] Alert: Microsoft, American Council of the Blind Partner
to Advance Accessibility

To read this Press Release on our website, visit:

Microsoft, American Council of the Blind Partner to Advance Accessibility

REDMOND, Wash and ARLINGTON, Va - Dec. 17, 2015 - Microsoft Corp. and the
American Council of the Blind (ACB) on Thursday announced they will partner
on efforts to advance the accessibility of information technologies. Through
the partnership, the ACB and Microsoft will work together to enable planned
updates to various Microsoft products to better meet the needs of persons
with visual impairments.

"To deliver great solutions for people with disabilities, accessibility must
be central to our culture and an integral part of how we design and build
Microsoft products," said Rob Sinclair, chief accessibility officer at
Microsoft. "By working with the ACB, we will gain valuable user insights
about our experiences. This will help us deliver more powerful assistive
technology as well as more inclusive and empowering experiences to help
every person on the planet achieve more."

The partnership will provide a more consistent flow of information and
dialogue between Microsoft and the ACB. It better enables Microsoft to
deliver on its mission of empowering every person on the planet to do more,
and responds to customer requests. The response from all those involved
about the renewed partnership and future work has been incredibly positive.

"Having access to information through accessible technology is critical for
our members as they pursue education, employment and perform everyday
tasks," said Eric Bridges, Executive Director of the ACB. "We are pleased to
build on the previous engagements we've had with Microsoft, and we look
forward to working more closely with the teams to review and test new
features and upgrades. We encourage interested parties to follow the
progress of these efforts at
GU2ZGQ1NmY3ZjVjOWY3YTcyMDJcIl19In0> ACB.org."

About Microsoft
Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @microsoft) is the leading platform and
productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its
mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to
achieve more.

About the American Council of the Blind
The American Council of the Blind is the largest consumer-based organization
of blind and visually impaired individuals advocating for the rights of all
blind people. Comprised of more than 70 affiliates across the United States,
the organization is dedicated to making it possible for blind and visually
impaired people to participate fully in all aspects of society. For more
information, visit
TZy4J-2un-L36pzKYeZ3xT9Nr&s=1> www.acb.org (link is external); write to
American Council of the Blind, 2200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 650, Arlington, VA
22201; phone (202) 467-5081; or visit us on Twitter @acbnational, or
Facebook at
ODYyZGRmYjNkYTIyXCJdfSJ9> www.facebook.com/AmericanCounciloftheBlindOfficial
(link is external).

For more information, press only:
Microsoft Media Relations, WE Communications, (425) 638-7777,
rrt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (link sends e-mail)
Eric Bridges, Executive Director, American Council of the Blind, (202)


Robert Acosta, President

Helping Hands for the Blind

(818) 998-0044


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