Artificial Intelligence: The promise of ubiquitous accessibility?

Microsoft sees the rapid development of AI as a boon for accessibility – creating new independent experiences for people with disabilities and streamlining the creation of accessible information. Learn how Microsoft is leveraging Artificial Intelligence services such as computer vision, optical character recognition, speech recognition and text to speech to improve the accessibility of its core products including Windows and Office; how it is using the same AI services to develop new empowering applications for people with disabilities and finally, how developers can similarly leverage this technology for the accessibility of their own applications.


  • David Masters

    In his role at Microsoft, David leads Microsoft Australia’s public policy engagement and government relations program and is the Disability and Accessibility Lead on the Microsoft Australia Diversity and Inclusion Council. He has been promoting greater accessibility with Microsoft partners and customers in Australia; and was the industry representative on the Standards Australia Committee that formalised Australia’s adoption of the European Accessible ICT Procurement standard, EN301549. David has worked in various roles across the ICT sector over the last two decades. In the early-mid 2000s, he was a policy adviser to three Ministers for Communications, IT and the Arts – advising on ICT industry development, Internet regulation and innovation policies; and prior to joining Microsoft he led Government Business Strategy for HP Enterprise Services.


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