Reimagining Accessibility in Canada

“Accessibility isn’t just a moment in time for Microsoft,” says Kevin Peesker, President of Microsoft Canada. “One in seven Canadians has a disability. This is a sobering statistic, and according to the federal government we can only expect this number to grow given our aging population.”

Microsoft has created a short video called “Empower Every Person: Reimagining Accessibilitythat explains succinctly and eloquently the Microsoft philosophy of creating technology that aims to exceed accessibility standards.

“There are no limits to what people can achieve when technology reflects the diversity of everyone who uses it. We are already seeing amazing advancements with apps like Seeing AI that is unlocking new capabilities for the low-vision community to help them navigate their day like never before. Microsoft Translator is using AI-powered speech and language technology, to automatically create real-time captions in PowerPoint, helping to support students who are deaf or hard of hearing follow along the lecture from the screen in the front of the room or their laptops or mobile devices. “With approximately 70 per cent of disabilities invisible to the eye, it is crucial that technology in the workplace is accessible by design and compliant with global accessibility standards.”