Microsoft has announced the availability of Microsoft Accessibility Tools & Training, a package of free online accessibility training courses, tools and other resources to help developers create technology products, services and websites that are accessible to people with disabilities.
Microsoft initially developed the online tools and training courses to increase accessibility awareness and expertise among its own developer groups. In response to growing customer demand for accessibility guidance, however, Microsoft decided to make the resources available, free of charge, to corporations, governments and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) around the world that want to make technology more accessible.
“Microsoft is one of the technology industry’s leaders in accessibility innovation and developing accessible technology, and we continuously work to improve access to our products and services,” said Bonnie Kearney, director of marketing for Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft.
“By making these training courses and resources widely available, we hope that we can help raise the level of accessibility worldwide for people of all ages and abilities.”