Disability is Their Strength

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I am not a Microsoft employee, contractor, or stock holder, but I use a PC daily and most of the software on my computer was distributed by Microsoft. However, I am not a fan of the Windows update process or their customer service department which I have to call after all of their major upgrades. I was convinced my next computer would include nothing from Microsoft until I read an article by Jenny Lay-Flurrie who is the Chair of Microsoft’s Disability Employee Resource Group.

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Excerpt of article by Jenny Lay-Flurrie | Microsoft

UN International Persons with Disability Day is a great opportunity to reflect, especially when the theme is “Inclusion Matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities.” I wrote a blog just over a year ago called “Disability is my Strength,” which told my personal journey from being very secretive about my disability to being open about it. This included asking for the American Sign Language interpreters and captioning I needed to be successful and ultimately realizing that my disability was actually my super power, helping me connect with our customers and create better products and services that meet the needs of all people. It’s a journey that many have travelled before and after me, and an important one to take. Since then, the team at Microsoft has been focused on making that journey easier.


Thanks to Jenny Lay-Flurrie for writing the article; Microsoft for committing its resources to the cause and to this article; the people who commented during the video and those who did not; YouTube for hosting the video; Google for helping me find the article; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture, video, and text in this post.

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