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AI for Accessibility Toolkit & Challenge

Your ideas can empower ALL Australians to achieve more, start now here

There are no limits to what we can achieve when technology reflects the diversity of all Australians. This is why we are calling on Microsoft Australia’s partner community to help us unlock the world of opportunity that AI presents for accessibility.

1. Be inspired by new ideas

We called for inspiring ideas that show what’s possible when AI is applied to some of the biggest challenges that individuals with a disability face. The Australian Microsoft partner community gathered their teams for the AI for Accessibility Challenge and generated some amazing game-changing ideas.

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The winning ideas

Congratulations to our four winning teams in the 2019 AI for Accessibility Challenge.

View the winners

2. BE CURIOUS: Accessibility Toolkit

Join us and use the resources below to learn more about accessibility and the power of Artificial Intelligence to make a positive impact.

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Accessibility 101 training

Discover practical ways to build a more inclusive environment and how accessible technologies enable everyone to create, communicate and collaborate.

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Inclusive Design & toolkit

Inclusive Design enables and draws on the full range of human diversity. Jump-start creative thinking and stress-test concepts through an inclusive lens.

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Developing for Accessibility

Designing inclusive apps results in improved usability and customer satisfaction. Learn more about developing to deliver accessible solutions.

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The Ability Hacks book

The book aims to inspire and encourage people to develop technology for people with disabilities. It tells the behind-the-scenes stories of two hackathon groups at Microsoft.

3. THINK BIG: See what’s possible

AI can empower people with disabilities with tools that support independence and productivity, as technology rapidly changes the way we live, learn, and work. Here are some ways Microsoft is using AI technologies to empower people.

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Seeing AI

An app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the low vision community, this research project harnesses the power of AI to describe people, text and objects.

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Inclusive Office 365

Office 365 provides apps and powerful cloud services with accessibility built-in. Designed to meet the needs of people with different abilities, the features ensure everyone can create, communicate, and collaborate on any device.

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Microsoft Soundscape

Soundscape uses audio-based technology to enable people, particularly those with blindness or low vision, to build a richer awareness of their surroundings, becoming more confident and empowered to navigate the world.

Share your story

Join the Microsoft Australia Yammer Community and share your story of Accessibility. How has your organisation practicably empowered those with accessibility needs? What’s your vision for the future? Share your story on the new Microsoft Partner Community (MPC) in the Australia Partner Zone.