July 18, 2024

Microsoft- Al Amal School organize coding training for hearing impaired students

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Microsoft recently announced the successful alliance with Sharjah’s Al Amal School for the Deaf delivering two days of coding training for hearing impaired students. 

In the recent announcement that comes in the wake of the International Day of Persons with Disability on December 3, Microsoft stated how the training delivered to the students on 25 and 28 November was in line with the company’s ongoing leadership on accessibility issues.

The sessions were designed around nurturing out the students’ problem-solving skills and boosting their individual confidence. Over the two days, interactive teaching methods were deployed to unveil the participants to coding principles and encourage them to apply what they had learned to the design and implementation of computer games. 

Statement from Afaf Ali Al Haridi, Principal, Al Amal School for the Deaf

She stated, “Accessible technology is critical for the development of youth who need to overcome the additional layers of challenges that stand in their way of growth. Through this collaboration with Microsoft, we will be able to provide the best in training and learning experiences for one of the most in-demand skills in the digital world. 

She added: “All students deserve the opportunity to excel in their field of interest, as well as opportunities to equip themselves with the right tools to shape their future. Our students will now be able to develop new skills and be confident in expressing and sharing their talent with the rest of the world.”

Statement from Ihsan Anabtawi, Chief Operating Officer and CMO at Microsoft UAE

He stated that “More than 1 billion people around the world live with a disability, yet only an estimated one in ten have access to the assistive technologies they need. Additionally, it’s important to know that 70% of disability is invisible, so you don’t always know what may be a challenge for those around you, and it’s equally important to remember that disability – whether temporary, situational, or permanent – is something that can affect any of us or someone we love, at any time.”

He also added “For us at Microsoft, through over 25 years of work on accessibility, we learned that people with disabilities represent one of the world’s largest untapped talent pools, and we are committed to leveraging technology to help open doors and create bigger opportunities for people with disabilities. We’re thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with and support Al Amal School and its students and are inspired by their curiosity and desire to learn and create, and hope our work can motivate others to get involved and make a difference.”

Anabtawi also stated: “When it comes to accessibility, we believe that it is essential to delivering on our mission to “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. 

By working together across all parts of our economy and society, both public and private sectors and also as individuals, we have an opportunity to improve the inclusion of people with disabilities – or people of determination as the community is known in the UAE – for years to come – and specifically, leverage the power of digital technology to enable and empower everyone to fully participate and achieve their goals and ambitions.”

As per the Microsoft announcement, its approach to accessibility centers on working broadly across the company with a focus on three priorities that were outlined in our recently announced 5-year commitment to bridge the disability divide: Spurring the development of more accessible technology across our industry and the economy; using this technology to create opportunities for more people with disabilities to enter the workforce; building a workplace that is more inclusive for people with disabilities.

One example on the technology front can be seen in Microsoft Teams, which includes features like live captions for meetings, a high-contrast mode for certain content, background blur, and the immersive reader built directly into Teams chats.

Press Release received on mail from Microsoft

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