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Black Doctor Who Spends His Time Supporting Students With Disabilities Awarded $1M

Being a light and leader in the disability community has led to this doctor receiving his flowers in a big way.

Ngozi Nwanji

Oct 20, 2022

Microsoft Has Developed An App That Helps Blind Users Interact with Photos

Microsoft just released new features on its Seeing AI app. The product, which launched in 2016, serves as a “talking camera for the blind.” The newest addition includes a feature that allows users to touch images on their screens to hear descriptions through the app. Microsoft hopes the new additions to Seeing AI will help users with everyday tasks like reading menus, signs, and books. The hope is that this will enable the blind and visually impaired to enjoy visual content through artificial intelligence. “Leveraging on-device facial-recognition technology, the app can even describe the physical appearance of people and predict their mood,” Saqib Shaikh, software engineering manager and project lead for Seeing AI, said in a blog post. The move comes after other companies like Google and Instagram released features that serve those with hearing and seeing disabilities. Google also recently announced that its AI app Lookout will utilize audio to describe images to blind and visually...

Arriana McLymore

Mar 14, 2019

Visually Impaired Children are Learning to Code with This New Tool From Microsoft

Microsoft wants to help blind and visually impaired students break down barriers to coding with its physical programming language. Code Jumper was developed out of Project Torina, a system that helps visually impaired and blind kids ages 7 to 11 develop coding skills. The physical programming language consists of large, bright colored blocks that allow students to create music, tell stories and more. Microsoft is partnering with American Printing House for the Blind (APH), a nonprofit based in Louisville, Kentucky. APH creates and distributes products and services for people who are blind or with low vision. According to Microsoft,  APH will provide the Code Jumper technology to students across the world over the next several years. “It became really clear that, for a 7- or 8-year-old, it was going to be really hard to use assistive technology to code,” Cecily Morrison, a Microsoft researcher and computer scientist, said in a blog post . “We realized we really need something...

Arriana McLymore

Jan 23, 2019