"Oracle is committed to creating accessible technologies and products that enhance the overall workplace environment and contribute to the productivity of our employees, our customers, and our customers' customers."
—Safra Catz, Chief Executive Officer, Oracle
"Oracle's business is information—how to manage it, use it, share it, protect it. Our commitment to create products that simplify, standardize and automate extends to all users, including users who are disabled."
—Edward Screven, Chief Corporate Architect, Oracle
For many reasons—legal, business, and ethical—Oracle recognizes the need for our applications, and our customers' and partners' products built with our tools, to be usable by the disabled community. The Oracle Accessibility Program Office, reporting to the office of the Chief Corporate Architect, is responsible for defining the corporate standards for accessibility, and developing materials to train all employees so that they can successfully create products that meet those standards.
October 2018: European Disability Forum and Oracle e-Accessibility Scholarship
Oracle and the European Disability Forum (EDF) announced Maria Isabel Santos as the winner of the 2018 edition of the EDF-Oracle e-accessibility scholarship. This 8,000 euros award is to higher education students with disabilities in fields such as computer science, computer engineering, user experience and others. Maria Isabel Santos developed a platform called LEMA—"Learning Environment on Mathematics for Autistic Children". Full details of the scholarship and the awarding to Maria Isabel Santos can be found on EDF-Oracle Scholarship Winner: "Not enough research on digital learning for kids with disabilities". In a follow up with the 2017 winner, Aineias Martos, she responded "When I talk to my colleagues about my research it seems that nobody is interested on it. Their attitude suddenly changes when I refer that this research was awarded by Oracle and EDF. I think that this moral enhancement to me is more important than the founding itself."
2018 Oracle Sponsorships:
Oracle Scholarships for Excellence in Computer Science through the National Federation for the Blind. Oracle congratulates Ozgul Calicioglu of Pennsylvania State University as winner of the Oracle Scholarship for Excellence in a STEM Field and Trisha Kulkarni of Stanford University won the Oracle Scholarship for Excellence in Computer Science. The scholarships were awarded at the National Federation of the Blind annual convention in July. Each scholarship was for $8000. These scholarships are for for legally blind students in the field of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, User Experience, or related field. Information about the winners is found on the NFB 2018 winners site.
The Boston Accessibility Conference: Oracle is a sponsor of the annual Boston Accessibility Conference that took place October 2018. The goal of the camp is to provide an opportunity for developers, usability professionals, web designers, other IT professionals, and end users with or without disabilities together in an informal, non-threatening environment so they can learn from each other and promote universal design of and accessibility to IT.
Oracle was an Exclusive Sponsor of the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference hosted by California State University, Northridge in San Diego, CA March 2018.
April 2017: Annual Oracle and EDF e-Accessibility Scholarship Winner Announced
Oracle and the European Disability Forum (EDF) announced Aineias Martos, a Ph.D candidate at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, as this years winner of the annual e-Accessibility Scholarship. This 8,000 euros award is to higher education students with disabilities in fields such as computer science, computer engineering, user experience and others. Aineias Martos' main research goal is to find solutions to enhance the amount of information that users can perceive in tactile graphics. Full details of the scholarship and the awarded project are at EDF & Oracle award 8.000 € scholarship to student with disability.
August 2014: Industry Position Paper Released - "Reporting Conformance to ICT Accessibility Standards"
The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) released the white paper Reporting Conformance to ICT Accessibility Standards (PDF) about the trend requiring companies to give a "yes/no" or "pass/fail" answer when addressing how well products meet accessibility requirements. The paper reviews how this is an insufficient way to answer accessibility criteria and the impact it has when being applied to complex products. Oracle uses the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) to report accessibility conformance of our products.