One of India’s most respected eye-health organizations, the L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), opened a new center today with help from Microsoft that provides much needed computer training to visually-impaired individuals.
Students are heading back to school and this year more are showing up with mobile devices that extend their learning far beyond the classroom. Microsoft has a wealth of accessible Windows 8 apps for their devices that will help them excel whatever their needs. At Microsoft in Education, teachers, students and parents will find apps that encourage and customize learning, everything from algebra exercises and reading comprehension support to digital flashcards and interactive whiteboards. They can even watch lectures from Stanford University.
Microsoft researcher Hong Tan wants to make device screens more responsive to your touch, or tactile senses, and she is drawing inspiration and support from the Accessibility group.
When Bonnie Kearney decided to take a sign language class during her lunch hour she was a little nervous. New languages didn’t always come easily to her, though she was a gifted communicator for Microsoft.
Her first baby sign language class was a little like a first date, awkward. But, Kearney was determined to embrace the course because she had year-old twins at home and was hoping to connect with them through sign. She quickly realized she wasn’t alone when she walked into a classroom full of new parents, led by a dynamic teacher who wove children’s games and songs into her classes.
In February, in a one-minute Super Bowl commercial, Microsoft and former NFL safety Steve Gleason showed the world how the Surface can empower us all.
As helpful as the technology in that commercial was, both Gleason and Microsoft knew it could be even better. This week we will team up again to make Surface more accessible and powerful as part of our company-wide hackathon, when 5,000 employees will combine their curiosity and passion to improve Microsoft products and platforms. It is part of //oneweek, which kicks off a year of innovation, cooperation, new priorities, and obsession over our customers.