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A recent survey of Facebook users in 50 countries found that more than 30 percent of them experienced difficulty seeing, hearing, speaking, organizing thoughts, walking or grasping with their hands.
On that note, the social network is marking Global Accessibility Awareness Day Thursday by teaming up with Google, Microsoft, Adobe and Oath to create an accessibility program as part of the Teach Access initiative.
The program, Teach Access Study Away: Silicon Valley, will take place May 28 through June 1, and students, faculty from partner universities and industry partners will explore the field of accessibility and work together to solve an accessibility challenge.
Facebook also shared the following success stories of people with disabilities using the social network “in life-changing ways”:
- Tracy Boyd, a blind mother of four children, had only ever met one other blind mother.