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A host of accessibility features integrated in Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 bring Sound to the visually impaired with the Narrator and Text-to-speech (TTS) features that read aloud text written on screen Input through the on-screen keyboard using touch and pointing devices Optimised visibility through features like High Contrast, Magnifier and Personalised Display settings
According to the World Bank, there are about 80 million people with disabilities in India. For them to achieve their ambitions, an ecosystem that understands their special needs is required. Assistive technology can help level this gap and bring equal opportunities within reach. Microsoft focuses on integrating accessibility into product planning, research and development, product development and testing. Further, we work with global organisations like the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) and its members to make products like Braille keyboards, screen readers and adaptive mice compatible with PCs, which run on the Windows platform. We also partner with firms like BarrierBreak Technologies to train the differently-abled in using everyday applications like Office and Windows. The result – An environment where the ‘enabled’ can pursue their passions and careers, like everybody else.
ENABLING INDIA This is one of the many ways that technology can help enable India. For over 2 decades, software developers and engineers at Microsoft have worked in creating technology that is accessible to everyone - regardless of age or ability. To know more about Microsoft’s initiatives for accessibility, visit www.microsoft.com/india/accessibility