Microsoft hosts Accessibility Summit in India

Asia-Pacific, May 30 2017

HYDERABAD: Microsoft India hosted its first-ever Accessibility Summit here aiming to enhance technology access for people with disabilities.

The summit aimed at demonstrating the business value of accessible technology for organisations, the need for a collaborative effort as well as assessing policy’s role in creating an accessible India, a company statement said.

It brought together leaders from the government, non-profit organisations, filmmakers, entrepreneurs and budding technologists to present their views and best practises around accessibility and technology’s potential in aiding inclusion, the statement added.

Navreet Kang, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India said, “We believe that inclusion of persons with disabilities is imperative for India’s growth. It is therefore, critical that we empower them with equal access and opportunity”.

“We look forward to public-private partnerships that can enable better social inclusion and help people with disabilities achieve more,” Kang said.

Jayesh Ranjan, Telangana’s IT secretary said the state government’s vision is to ensure that persons with abilities have equal access to the physical environment, transportation, information and communication technologies, and to other facilities and services.

Madhu Khatri, Associate General Counsel and Accessibility Lead, Microsoft India said, the company believes that there are no limits to what people can achieve when technology reflects the diversity of everyone who uses it.

Source: Business standard

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