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A collaboration with Microsoft, Illinois is continuing its dedication to students with the Accessibility Lighthouse Program. The pipeline program supports the growth and development of students with autism, building a clear path for students to pursue STEM careers so they are prepared for the workforce after graduation.

The $200,000 investment from Microsoft will help transform digitally accessible classrooms and jump-start the creation and use of accessible software at Illinois.

“The University of Illinois has long led the way in enabling students with physical disabilities to fully participate in college life and obtain university degrees. Our intention in partnering with the university is to enable it to aspire to be a lighthouse to students with a broad range of disabilities by exploiting the growing advances in digital accessibility,” said Harold Javid, a University Relations Lead for Microsoft.

The program is a collaborative effort between The Autism Program in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, the College of Applied Health Sciences including the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES), the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and the Department of Special Education in the College of Education.

Learn more about the Accessibility Lighthouse Program.