Microsoft Outlook Accessibility Collaboration


Presented at 2:15pm in Waverly on Thursday, November 17, 2016.



  • Hadi Rangin, IT Accessibility Specialist, University of Washington
  • David Gorelik, Program Manager Outlook, Microsoft

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Expert
  • Type of session: General Conference


An international team of accessibility experts and Microsoft’s Outlook team has begun collaborating to identify accessibility/usability issues and potential solutions. We will discuss the collaborative process used in accessibility testing and evaluation and provide real-world examples.


Microsoft’s Outlook team recently began collaboration with a group of international accessibility experts on improving the accessibility/usability of Outlook for the Windows and Mac platforms. In this collaboration model, accessibility experts and users with disabilities work with Microsoft’s program managers and engineering teams to identify accessibility/usability issues and discuss potential solutions. The ultimate goal is to ensure the discussion of accessibility/usability design and implementation techniques are included at every stage of product development. In this session we will discuss the collaborative process we are utilizing in accessibility/usability testing, recording the findings and how we are collaboratively working together to resolve challenges. We will also demonstrate the latest version Outlook Desktop Client and introduce selected accessibility features Lastly, you will learn how to join this collaboration effort and shape the accessibility of MS Office tools.


  1. Learn about Microsoft Collaboration Group and how you can get involved.
  2. Learn about the methodology we used for accessibility testing & evaluation.
  3. See selected accessibility features in action

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Web/Media/App Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Hadi Rangin

Hadi Rangin is an Information Technology Accessibility Specialist at the University of Washington in Seattle. In this position he is tasked with improving access to information technologies for all users, including those with disabilities. To do this Hadi works with and advises software engineers, designers, administrators, and purchasers on accessible implementation techniques, quality assurance, and best practices. Some of the higher education vendors Hadi has collaborated with include Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate, Desire2Learn, Moodle, Canvas, Elsevier, Ebsco, Ex-Libris, PeopleSoft, Microsoft, Google, Qualtrics, Ellucian, Workday, ServiceNow, Trumba, Innotas, Zoom, and many more.

Additionally, Hadi teaches the Universal Design Principles for Online Learning as well as the Certificate of Professional Development course in Information Accessibility Design and Policy for the University of Illinois.

Hadi's educational background is in Computer Science with a focus on Network Management and Human-Computer Interfaces. As someone who is blind, Hadi brings a wealth of personal and professional experiences to the many spheres he works within.

David Gorelik