Microsoft partners with EnAble India to empower people with disabilities

New Delhi, August 23 (IANS) Microsoft on Tuesday collaborated with the non-profit organization EnAble India to empower people with disabilities (PwDs) by engaging more than 100 organizations.

The initiative, called Inclusion to Action, aims to bring together more than 100 organizations from the financial services, manufacturing, retail and technology sectors to work together on technology skills initiatives, mentoring, internships and jobs to “unlock 100,000 opportunities” for people with disabilities.

“This collaboration marks the beginning of an ongoing effort to engage with multiple industry stakeholders, advocates, experts, policy makers and the disability community to empower and transform employment opportunities for disabled people. people with disabilities,” said Anant Maheshwari, president of Microsoft India.

Technical skills programs are designed to enhance understanding of digital accessibility which can create a cultural shift as organizations increasingly shape their hybrid work strategies.

The company said increased representation of people with disabilities will lead to inclusive product development, which can help technology users with disabilities.

In addition, people with disabilities have access to a training program on modern work applications for increased productivity and effective collaboration.

“There is an urgent need to create opportunities for people with disabilities whose social circles make up 10% of non-disabled people,” said Dipesh Sutariya, co-founder of Enable India.

So far, EnAble India has served the needs of 19 persons with disabilities, reaching over 325,000 people, including persons with disabilities and their families, in 28 states and 7 union territories in the country.

(Except for the title, the rest of this IANS article is unedited)

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