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Chancey Fleet, a technology educator who is vice president of National Federation of the Blind

Blind people, advocates slam company claiming to make websites ADA compliant

In recent months, blind people and disability advocates have been speaking out on social media and suing companies that use AccessiBe. Blind people say AccessiBe, which is supposed to automatically make websites more compatible with the screen readers blind people rely on to access the internet, has prevented them from all sorts of normal activities online, like paying rent, teaching a class or buying Christmas gifts.

Dona Sarkar photographed on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond

Leaders who revealed their disabilities found unexpected rewards — and so did their teams

Employees who share a hidden disability — always a personal choice — often find that it leads to more support and helps bring in diverse perspectives at work.

“The more we talk about disability, the more we create awareness and an open, inclusive work environment.”

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Why I Advocate for Inclusive Design in Hearing Loss

I was two-and-a-half years old when I was diagnosed with severe bilateral hearing loss and fitted with my first pair of hearing aids. Life wasn’t easy as a child with severe hearing loss — I was constantly picked on and bullied for my hearing aids and left out of social situations because I couldn’t follow conversations or playground gossip. I felt isolated, different, disconnected, and incredibly alone.

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8 inspirational people with disabilities

If these famous people with disabilities share something, besides their professional success, it is their ability of self-improvement. The lives of most of them have not been easy and precisely because of that, they are an example and inspiration.

Dona Sarkar photographed on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond,

‘I have dyslexia’: A chief engineer spoke up to help others with learning disabilities

As the recent head of the Windows Insider Program, Dona Sarkar led a bustling community of 17 million pre-release Windows customers around the world. Now head of advocacy for Microsoft’s Power Platform, she still travels constantly, crossing oceans and continents, to meet customers in person, gather feedback, manage releases and work with engineers — all in the name of building great software. And that’s just her day job.

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Aaron Fotheringham: Longest Wheelchair Ramp Jump

Robbed of his mobility by a birth defect, extreme sports fan Aaron Fotheringham refused to take his condition sitting down. Instead, he invented his own new form of wheelchair motocross and started breaking records on the quarterpipe.Robbed of his mobility by a birth defect, extreme sports fan Aaron Fotheringham refused to take his condition sitting down. Instead, he invented his own new form of wheelchair motocross and started breaking records on the quarterpipe.

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Scaffolder with Down’s Syndrome wins award for Britain’s top apprentice

A scaffolder with Down’s Syndrome has been crowned Britain’s top apprentice. Todd Scanlon was given a trial by company boss Martyn Coles – then quickly hired.

Kyle Card inspects a petri dish.

Overcoming obstacles

Michigan State University biologist and doctoral candidate Kyle Card studies resistance to antibiotics. He became a scientist while dealing with the challenges of genetic syndromes that affect many parts of his body.

Mitsuhiro Iwamoto, a blind Japanese sailor, celebrates with his navigator Doug Smith of the U.S. after successfully completing a near two-month, non-stop voyage from San Diego to Fukushima Prefecture on the Pacific Ocean, upon their arrival at Onahama port in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 20, 2019. (Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS)

Blind sailor successfully completes non-stop Pacific voyage

A Japanese sailor has completed a two month, non-stop trek across the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first totally blind person to do so.
Mitsuhiro Iwamoto, 52, left San Diego on Feb. 24, sailing 8,700 miles on his 40 ft. boat, named “Dream Weaver”, to Japan with the help of a sighted navigator, American Doug Smith “We undertake this voyage not only for personal accomplishment, but to send a message that anything is possible when people come together,” he wrote on his webpage.

‘By the way, I’m visually impaired’: Sharing her disability helped others feel more welcome at work

In her 23 years at Microsoft, Angela Mills has been many things: a consultant, technical evangelist and manager for various products including Windows Server, Identity Management and Xbox Live. She is a polished presenter, compassionate mentor and a smart leader who works well with developers, sellers and customers. Last year, she took a sabbatical and began learning how to co-pilot a plane. Mills also happens to be legally blind, a degenerative condition from childhood that she often hid at work.