[Nfbo-announce] Fwd: National Federation of the Blind Commends Microsoft and GW Micro for Groundbreaking Accessibility Partnership

President carla at mainstreetmontessori.org
Tue Jan 14 19:27:16 UTC 2014

Carla McQuillan
President, NFB of Oregon
Executive Director
Main Street Montessori

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> Date: January 14, 2014 at 10:58:38 AM PST
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> Subject: National Federation of the Blind Commends Microsoft and GW Micro for Groundbreaking Accessibility Partnership
> Chris Danielsen
> Director of Public Relations
> National Federation of the Blind
> (410) 659-9314, extension 2330
> (410) 262-1281 (Cell)
> cdanielsen at nfb.org
> National Federation of the Blind Commends Microsoft and GW Micro for Groundbreaking Accessibility Partnership
> Window-Eyes Screen Reader Now Available for Free
> to Many Microsoft Office Users
> Baltimore, Maryland (January 14, 2014): The National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s leading advocate for equal access to technology by the blind, today commended Microsoft Corporation and GW Micro for their announcement of a partnership that makes GW Micro’s Window-Eyes screen reader available for free to users of Microsoft Office 2010 or higher.  More details about this groundbreaking offer are available at www.WindowEyesForOffice.com.
> Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “The announcement of this historic partnership between Microsoft and GW Micro is truly revolutionary.  For the first time, users of Microsoft Office 2010 or later will not have to pay hundreds of dollars in order to obtain an accessibility solution that will allow them to take advantage of the features of Office and Windows.  This partnership has the potential to make access to employment, education, and other opportunities more readily available to blind people everywhere.
> “The usefulness of any screen reader product, of course, is limited by the degree to which other products are compatible with it,” Dr. Maurer continued.  “The National Federation of the Blind seeks collaboration with software manufacturers, Web developers, and other technology innovators in order to ensure that blind users have full and equal access to their products and services.  Microsoft and GW Micro are removing a significant barrier to obtaining screen access technology.  Developers of mainstream technology, as well as the businesses, institutions, and governmental entities that use it, must continue to do their part by making sure that screen reader users have full access to what they produce, procure, and deploy.”
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> About the National Federation of the Blind
> The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the oldest, largest, and most influential nationwide membership organization of blind people in the United States.  Founded in 1940, the NFB advocates for the civil rights and equality of blind Americans, and develops innovative education, technology, and training programs to provide the blind and those who are losing vision with the tools they need to become independent and successful. 
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