Microsoft launches free Accessibility Tools, Training Courses & Accessibility Resource Guide for Developers

Today, Microsoft announced the immediate availability of Microsoft Accessibility Tools & Training for Developers and this package can be downloaded from Microsoft Developer Center.

The announcement was made at the 26th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, sponsored by California State University, Northridge (CSUN). The annual CSUN conference brings the accessibility community together to share best practices and to learn about new and emerging accessibility products and solutions.

The free package contains online accessibility training courses, tools and other resources to help developers worldwide create technology products, services and websites that are accessible to people with disabilities, and to enable business leaders to make more strategic technology decisions.

The resources are available, free of charge, to corporations, governments and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) around the world that want to make technology more accessible.

In a Microsoft Press release, Bonnie Kearney, director of marketing for Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft, stated that;

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. 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.

The seven training courses that Microsoft developed cover a general overview course suitable to both technical and nontechnical audiences, a development overview course, and five courses covering the Windows platform technology, including Windows Forms and the Windows Presentation Foundation.

Microsoft Accessibility Tools & Training & the Accessibility Resource Guide

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