RIT/NTID and Microsoft launch partnership for AI-driven accessibility

Story Highlights: 
  • Microsoft and RIT/NTID are partners on a project piloting the use of Microsoft Translator language technology.
  • The translator uses intelligent technology to transcribe a presenter's spoken words and display them in real time. 
  • RIT/NTID's Center on Access Technology works closely with the Microsoft team and uses the technology now in 10 classes.

Today, Microsoft announced a partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf, which has piloted the use of Microsoft Translator language technology to transcribe lectures in real time to help students who are deaf or hard of hearing feel more engaged.

RIT/NTID's Center on Access Technology initiated a pilot program that leverages intelligent technology built around Microsoft Translator to transcribe a presenter’s spoken words and display them onscreen as text captions in real time, and in a language of their choice on a personal device. This solution is not meant to replace sign language, but rather expand classroom offerings for deaf and hard-of-hearing students by providing multiple channels of access that can be particularly useful for math, science and technical classes with subject matter that can be difficult to interpret.

To learn more about this program, visit the Microsoft AI Blog or check out the Microsoft Customer Stories case study video.

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