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Microsoft Chief Accessibility Officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie Talks The Importance Of Gathering Reliable Data And Further Bridging The Disability Divide

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Microsoft is working to improve representational data on disabled people.

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In a blog post published this week, Microsoft, along with the World Bank Group, announced a joint venture aimed at improving the amount of accurate, current data on the disability community worldwide. The post was co-written by Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft, and Charlotte Vuyiswa McClain-Nhlapo, who’s Global Disability Advisor at the World Bank Group.

The post’s lede cuts right to the chase in identifying the problem. “Across the world, persons with disabilities remain invisible in the global development agenda,” it reads. “One key reason is because of variances in the availability and use of disability-disaggregated data across organizations and borders.”

Both organizations are collaborating with Fordham University’s Disability Data Initiative on the data collection project. According to the announcement, the [...]

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