Ground-breaking partnership with Microsoft on digital inclusion
“Technology is helping the world stay connected at a time when people haven’t been able to get together in person - but many people with disabilities are digitally excluded and face financial, accessibility and skills barriers.”
Veronica Mulenga, Programme Lead for Creating Connections
Ensuring all social care workers have access to digital training plays an important part in closing the digital divide and ending digital exclusion for people with learning disabilities. We are working hard to close this digital divide through our Creating Connections digital inclusion programme and are excited to have formed a partnership with Microsoft to continue this important work.
As a result of our ground-breaking partnership with Microsoft, we are investing in training programmes for our support workers, enabling them to build their digital skills and their online confidence, so that they can support people with disabilities to rebuild and strengthen their social connections following lockdown.
As a global technology leader, Microsoft’s partnership with SeeAbility aims to promote digital inclusion and highlight its suite of accessibility features for people who need support with hearing, learning, vision and mobility, as well as those with mental health and neurodiversity requirements.
The partnership supports our Creating Connections programme, which aims to promote digital inclusion by developing connections and skills in communities across the UK. Microsoft’s support means we can upskill our own workforce, so that they can in turn pass this knowledge on to the people we support and others with disabilities.
By empowering people with learning disabilities, autistic people and people with sight loss to develop their digital skills and confidence through training and tailored support, we’re opening a world of opportunity for them to achieve their ambitions, pursue their career goals and become more independent.
Microsoft is a member of The Valuable 500, the "world's biggest CEO collective for disability inclusion" - and our partnership means our ambition of greater digital inclusion and community participation online for people with disabilities is growing ever closer.
“I’m very excited to be a Creating Connections Champion for SeeAbility. Working with Microsoft is an exciting opportunity to ensure we enable the people we support to have a share in the benefits of technology, particularly now that so much of it is accessible.”
Paul Robinson, SeeAbility Support Worker