HP receives Helen Keller Achievement Award from American Foundation for the Blind

HP was awarded the prestigious Helen Keller Achievement Award for Technology from the American Foundation for the Blind on Monday 7 June 2010.

HP was recognized for our commitment to developing products, program, services and information that are accessible to persons with disabilities and age-related limitations, our notable employment practices for blind and visually impaired people, and in-kind contributions of accessible products to nonprofit groups including AFB.

The HP Accessibility & Aging Program Office, part of the HP Office of Strategy and Technology (OS&T), coordinates HP's company-wide efforts to integrate accessible design standards and best practices into product development processes across the company. Additionally, the Program Office coordinates with HP Digital Marketing to insure is accessible as well as working HP Customer Support to improve our support offerings to our customers with disabilities.

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Department of Labor New Freedom Initiative Award

U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao presented the New Freedom Initiative Award to HP for the company's work to provide products that are accessible to people with disabilities. The Secretary of Labor gives the award annually to individuals, non-profit organizations and corporations that further U.S. President George W. Bush's New Freedom Initiative by increasing employment opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities.

Other winners include Microsoft and the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, which is running a pilot program using an assistive technology built on the HP iPAQ Pocket PC.

HP integrates accessibility features into the design of all of its products. Free membership in the HP Developer and Solution Partner Program helps AT (assistive technology) companies use HP technologies, platforms and operating systems to create their own innovative solutions. The company also provides a channel for AT companies to get products to market faster and to a wider audience.

HP's worldwide accessibility initiative is led by the HP Accessibility Program Office, which is dedicated to connecting people to the power of technology. HP is committed to developing products, services and information that are accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities or age-related limitations.

HP honored with New Freedom Initiative Award - External site earns Nonvisual Accessibility Web Certification from the National Federation of the Blind

HP's Web Accessibility Program is very comprehensive, and industry recognizes this commitment. The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) awarded its Nonvisual Accessibility Web (NVA) Certification, making HP one of a handful of companies to be so certified. NFB noted that “the scope of the accessibility has expanded with HP's homepage, gateway pages, and a representative set of over 40,000 public-facing Web pages demonstrating an expanded commitment to accessibility.”

HP wins da Vinci Award

HP's Developer & Solution Partner Program (DSPP) recently won a da Vinci Award. The awards recognize the most innovative developments and research in adaptive and assistive technology that embrace the universal design principle. Each year, nominations are sought worldwide and subsequently judged. The winners and their achievements are recognized at the annual, prestigious event hosted by National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), Michigan Chapter.

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