Microsoft hosts its first-ever Accessibility Summit in India to drive digital inclusion

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Microsoft India today hosted its first-ever Accessibility Summit in the country in Hyderabad with an aim to enhance technology access for people with disabilities.

The summit brought together government leaders, non-profit organizations, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, and young technologists to present their views and best practices around accessibility and demonstrate the business value of accessible technology for organizations.

“Our vision is to ensure that persons with diverse abilities have equal access to the physical environment, transportation, information and communication technologies, and to other facilities and services. The Microsoft Accessibility Summit provides an ideal platform to bring together policymakers and influencers to understand the policy environment and chart a direction for making life, experiences and opportunities accessible to all.”

– Jayesh Ranjan, IT Secretary, Department of IT – Electronics & Communication, Govt of Telangana

The event featured a series of sessions focused on the role of technology in creating accessible businesses as well as scalable and sustainable models for skilling youth with disability. There was a special focus on the need for regulatory policies for innovation on accessible technologies and inclusive hiring practices. The summit featured several technology-based projects that empower people with disabilities and included innovations from non-profit organizations, assistive technologies developed by Microsoft partners, as well as some of Microsoft solutions.

The Microsoft Accessibility summit provided insights into regulations, specifications, and standards so that accessible and adaptive technologies can act as a support system to promote inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities.