The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced yesterday the 2017 Helen Keller Achievement Award Winners, and Microsoft came out as a victor. The company received the recognition thanks to Eye Control on Windows 10, as well as the Seeing AI app.
According to the AFB, Microsoft took “significant strides in developing inclusive technologies to empower people with disabilities.” The group mentioned Microsoft’s Seeing AI application, which narrates the world for people who are blind or have sight loss. Also mentioned is Eye Control in Windows 10, which allows individuals with severe mobility issues to use a PC by just moving their eyes. Other Microsoft products specified as part of the recognition include Office 365 for accessibility improvements, as well as Xbox for Copilot and the Accessibility API.
Facebook also received recognition, mainly for Automatic Alternative Text feature and a “myriad of product improvements.” It is great to see Microsoft getting acknowledged for their work, as the company always has been working to empower people with their technologies.