HumanWare braille displays are now part
Microsoft’s Designed for Surface program

Maryse using a Microsoft Surface paired with a BIX 40 braille display.

HumanWare is pleased to announce that its braille displays have been certified through Microsoft’s Designed for Surface (DFS) program, ensuring a consistent experience with Microsoft’s Surface.

Indeed, recent enhancements to the Windows 11 Narrator now support a wider range of braille displays, including three 20-cell and 40-cell braille displays from HumanWare designed for Surface. Switching from Narrator to other screen readers while using a braille display is now a seamless experience. This crucial feature means that the Narrator can interact effortlessly with accessible accessories allowing people who are blind to use Windows with ease.

Braille displays

The Mantis Q40, BIX 20 and 40 braille displays along with the 'Design for Surface' badge from Microsoft.

"We are on a journey to help everyone across the spectrum of disability be more productive which is why we are excited to partner with HumanWare. At Microsoft, we believe that accessible technology is a fundamental building block that can unlock opportunities in every part of society."

Alex Benoit, Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft

This collaboration not only provides access to essential tools for people living with a visual impairment but also helps students and professionals in their daily lives by ensuring more independent and active participation.

Listen to the testimonial of Maryse, Blindness Product Manager at HumanWare and a long-time user of our products.

About HumanWare

Founded in 1988, HumanWare is a Canadian-based company part of the EssilorLuxottica group since 2013. Recognized as an industry leader, our mission is to develop solutions enabling people living with visual impairment and vision loss to develop their potential and maintain their autonomy.

For nearly 35 years, HumanWare’s inspirational vision has resulted in the development of more than 50 highly intuitive and intelligent solutions have helped more than 1 million people worldwide to see things differently and live independently at home, in the classroom or in the workplace.

Please visit our product sections to learn more about blindness and low vision solutions.