And the Technology Initiative of the Year award for 2018 goes to…

The Disability-Smart Awards held in London is to recognise individuals and organisations around the world that have made an outstanding contribution to disabled people. How fantastic is that! One of the awards was the Technology Initiative of the Year award, and the winner was (drum roll please…….) Microsoft! This is because Microsoft has made their products more accessible. Let’s take a second to thank Microsoft for bringing the disability community back to gaming with the Xbox Adaptive Controller, now having opened a new can of worms by helping people with disabilities to discover a new world of enjoyment! Hector Minto, Senior Technology Evangelist at Microsoft who focuses on accessibility, said: “We are delighted to have won this award from the Business Disability Forum. Microsoft designs all its products with accessibility in mind, to make life and work easier for all people. Only by ensuring features such as Immersive Reader and Read Aloud becoming available for everyone to use, do we level the playing field for people with disabilities and create products that everyone loves. Features that are designed and influenced by employees with disabilities often become features that we all love.” Xbox Adaptive Controller also won a major award at Golden Joysticks back in November. “It’s an honour and privilege to receive the Outstanding Contribution Award for the Xbox Adaptive Controller at the Golden Joysticks,” said Evelyn Thomas, a Program Manager at Xbox who is involved in accessibility strategy and development. “It’s a product that was designed with inclusivity at the heart and was formed through collaborations with amazing partners and individuals. We continue to be moved by the recognition it has received, helping it to stand out as a true first-of-its-kind – in gaming and beyond.”