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Microsoft AI making the digital world a more accessible place

Some of the robust solutions are real-time speech-to-text transcription, visual recognition services and predictive text functionality.

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WEF report states that more than 1 billion people worldwide experience some form of disability stopping them from completing their education or, getting them employed. Accessible technologies, enabled by AI, help people with disabilities unlock their full potential at school, work, and home.

In celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Microsoft is going to make technology more accessible for everyone. In her most recent Microsoft on the Issues blog post, Chief Accessibility Officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie explains how “making accessibility part of how we do business around the world is essential. Thinking about it as a cultural shift, and how we manage a business is core to achieving this goal.”

Microsoft have put accessibility at the heart of design to make products and services that adapts to each user’s unique situation, device capabilities and human abilities to learn, use, build and master. Microsoft 365 is an example that helps make people accessible with disabilities to make them more productive. Similarly, using AI enabled technologies, they are creating robust solutions such as real-time speech-to-text transcription, visual recognition services and predictive text functionality.

By Leveraging technology, Microsoft, is building accessible and inclusive solutions to empower people with disabilities through the following:

  • Empowering through Windows 10:

    • Eye control enables you to type with an on-screen keyboard, communicate with people, and control the mouse with just your eyes.

    • Magnifier makes part or all of your screen bigger so you can see words and images better.

    • Narrator reads text on your screen aloud and describes events, such as notifications or calendar appointments, so you can use your computer without a display.

  •  Learning Tools improves reading and writing for learners regardless of their age and ability. The tool is offered in Word, OneNote, Edge and Outlook.

  • Xbox Adaptive Controller was designed to empower gamers with limited mobility. Every aspect of the controller, including the packaging, was designed in close partnership with the accessibility community.

  • Seeing AI - an app that narrates the world for people who are blind or have low vision. What began as a hackathon project has evolved into an app that has helped people with more than 10 million tasks.

  • Soundscape reimagines how technology can enhance independence and mobility to empower people who are blind or have low vision.

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First Published on May 22, 2019 07:22 pm
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