With Jenny Lay-Flurrie leading the way, Microsoft is making strides to ensure that everyone has access to technology. Through their Inclusive Tech Lab and office building One Esterra, they are dedicated to creating an ecosystem where people with disabilities have the same opportunities as those without.
The Inclusive Tech Lab
Microsoft’s Inclusive Tech Lab is designed to make technology accessible for people with disabilities. Bryce Johnson, an arm amputee who serves as a researcher and co-founder of the lab, has worked to make sure the room is as accommodating as possible. Some of the solutions developed from this include a PDP controller with some foot pedals for one-handed gaming, adaptive accessories like a modular mouse that fit mobility challenges, and a touch pad designed for people with limb differences.
Accessibility in the Workplace
Taking accessibility into consideration in their work environment too, Microsoft’s office building One Esterra was opened in March and features surfaces at wheelchair height, elevators that talk to those visually impaired, and quiet rooms for employees who may be overstimulated by their workplace.
The Future of Accessibility
Lay-Flurrie aims to create more accessible arm prosthetics and other technologies so that those with disabilities won’t be limited due to lack of access. She envisions a future where everyone has equal opportunities when it comes to utilizing technology regardless of any disability or limitation they may have.
Through its Inclusive Tech Lab and commitment to accessibility in its workplace environment, Microsoft is dedicated to bridging the gap between people with disabilities and those without by providing inclusive products and services. This will pave the way for an all-inclusive society where everyone can take advantage of steadily advancing technology regardless of any limitations they may face.