Microsoft sets entire ecosystem on accessibility path
Apart from individuals, enterprises, and the government, Microsoft is additionally steering its entire ecosystem towards accessibility. During 2012,
Microsoft India hosted Accessibility Learning sessions (workshops) for special educators, NGOs and special schools to further enhance awareness about
accessibility in technology. The company is enabling each of these segments to use its technologies in their teaching material, in order to integrate
students with disabilities into their classrooms. The goal is to help people with disabilities live independent and productive lives. So far, approximately 450
special educators (from NGOs) have been trained across Maharashtra, Kerala, Bihar, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh.
The company is encouraging its software development partners to embed accessibility into their products as well, and create accessible applications for all
platforms—including the PC, mobile, Cloud and the Web. Microsoft’s Accessibility Development Center is making available tools and technologies to
developer partners, helping them to build accessible applications and web content.
At Microsoft’s AppFest held in Bangalore in September, 2012, a first-of-its-kind global event, the company’s partner, BarrierBreak developed an accessibility
app called ‘Fun with Money’. The application teaches the learning impaired, dyslexic and autistic about money. It helps them to understand the concepts
of adding money and spending money on the basis of the notes and coins that they have. (Check out:
All of these steps taken by Microsoft are helping India’s rapidly-expanding population of differently-abled people deal with their on-going, day-to-day
challenges. In this way, the company is contributing to the creation of a more inclusive, growth-oriented society, where even the disabled are playing an