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Compassionate technology : Microsoft develops IT tools for the disabled

In order to improve the employment prospects for the physically challenged people, Microsoft has taken a step which discusses about the several IT tools that will enable disabled people to become computer literate, as reported by sources.


The tools posted have made a hit. One of the tools was the magnifying function on the mouse that enlarged a particular area on the computer screen for those who were visually impaired. Another tool was the narrator option that read out data for visually challenged people.

A partially blind mobile application tester said that these tools will help them to make calculations or presentations or even to check e-mails, making it easier for people like them to understand all the features of a computer.

The company has done a great effort to stimulate local languages in computing as the masses of India mostly use their local language in their work.

Gauri Arora, manager-corporate citizenship at Microsoft India, said that a technology is required which is accessed by everyone in spite of barriers like age, ability or language and that Microsoft is stepping in it.

Microsoft India has completed around 15 sessions with several NGOs to give training to people who are disabled.

Officials from Microsoft said that with the state governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat they were making official websites that were user friendly for physically challenged people.