Accessibility User Research Collective

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Connecting people with disabilities to research at Microsoft in order to help build more accessible products. 

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The Accessibility User Research Collective (AURC) is a U.S.-based national community of people with all types of disabilities interested in helping make Microsoft technology more accessible and usable. 

The AURC is organized and maintained by assistive technology & accessibility researchers at Shepherd Center.

Visit to learn about current research projects at Shepherd Center.

People with disabilities join the Accessibility User Research Collective (AURC) to:

  1. Become part of our research collective by taking a short survey.

  2. Participate in usability studies conducted by Microsoft and receive participation incentives.

  3. Help shape the accessibility and usability of Microsoft technology by providing valuable feedback.

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Create a Network

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Provide User Feedback

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Inform Microsoft Product Development

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