Making technology easier to see, hear and use is very important to us at Microsoft. As nonprofits we know this is important to you, too. Whether it's ensuring your website is accessible, or providing better services to communities with hearing, vision or other types of impairment, we think the articles, case studies and tutorials in this month's Tech4Good will help ensure your programs are more accessible to all.
• What is Accessible Computing? Read Wikipedia's definition of Accessible Computing: “In human-computer interaction, computer accessibility (also known as Accessible Computing) refers to the accessibility of a computer system to all people, regardless of disability or severity of impairment.” Read More... • Forrester Research on Accessible Technology Microsoft Corporation commissioned Forrester Research, Inc., to conduct a comprehensive, two-part study to measure the current and potential market of accessible technology in the United States, and understand how accessible technology is being used today. Take a Look at the Report • A Nonprofit's Work on Accessibility Media Access Australia is the country’s only independent not-for-profit organization devoted to increasing access to media for people with disabilities. Read about their work. Media Access Australia Interested in reading these articles in another language? Try Bing Translator: www.microsofttranslator.com
• Built Right In Windows 7 includes accessibility options and programs that make it easier to see, hear and use your computer, including ways to personalize your PC. Accessibility Features in Windows 7 Operating System (OS) • Accessible Office Suite Microsoft Office 2010 programs have many helpful accessibility features that both make it easier for people with disabilities to use these products, and for all content creators to make more accessible documents, presentations and other materials. Learn more about Office Suite • Is your Website Accessible? The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) outline steps that website owners can take to make their sites usable by persons with disabilities such as low vision, color-blindness and limited mobility. Read More about the Guidelines Ensure your Website is Accessible • Students in Thailand Microsoft technology MultiPoint and Mouse Mischief are used at school for students who are deaf in Thailand. Making Learning Fun
• Microsoft Connection Days Get together with nonprofits in your community to learn about the latest and greatest technology for the sector by attending a Microsoft "Connection Day". Upcoming dates: Thursday, 5 April 2012 - Penang, Malaysia (an NGO Round Table event) Week of 28 May 2012 - Bangkok, Thailand Wednesday, 30 May 2012 - Hong Kong, China Dates to be confirmed - Taiwan For more information contact Microsoft's Corporate Citizenship team. Do you know about a technology-focused event in your area that would benefit your nonprofit peers? Let us know by firstname.lastname@example.org