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Microsoft - Graduate Molly Paris proves the power of inclusive technology

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Graduate Molly Paris proves the power of inclusive technology

In 2018, the team at the Microsoft Store in Jacksonville, FL, met a young lady that forever changed them. Her name is Molly, and she is a remarkable example of ingenuity, grit and gusto.

At the age of two, Molly’s parents learned that she was born with a neuro-developmental disorder called Rett Syndrome, a rare condition which, over time, has severely impacted her mobility and her ability to speak. But as Molly will be the first to tell you, the disorder has not impacted her interminable spirit or her intense desire to empower those around her.

With the support of her family, Molly found The Foundation Academy, a school that was able to accommodate her needs and has spent her academic career there.

Over the years, the Microsoft team has grown close to Molly and her mother, Robin. They’ve helped her with a number of projects, including one where she hacked the Xbox Adaptive Controller to make a dancing wheelchair. The team was happy to jump in to support her big ideas because it’s clear when you meet Molly that she is going to do great things for the world.

Last week, we had the honor of watching Molly give her Valedictorian speech at her graduation from The Foundation Academy. She has blossomed into a curious developer, eager to pursue a career in computer science and engineering, so she can one day develop new technologies to empower herself and others like her.

But the story doesn’t end there because, after all, graduation is just the beginning of a lifetime of learning and potential.

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Our graduation caps are off to you, Molly, your family and the team at The Foundation Academy!

Share your story or a story about another Changemaker in education, submit here through the Microsoft Education blog.

To discover everything Microsoft has to offer and how we can work with you, please visit your local Microsoft Store.

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