Microsoft AI for Accessibility selects first Sri Lankan grant recipient

Microsoft AI for Accessibility selects first Sri Lankan grant recipient
The programme will give Fortude the tools to develop its Dysphagia identification app

Elly Yates-Roberts |

Technology company Fortude is the first to receive Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility grant in Sri Lanka. As part of the new programme, Microsoft will support Fortude with cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) tools to develop and launch its Dysphagia identification application.

Fortude was recognised at Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility Hackathon in Sri Lanka in 2019 for the app which identifies swallowing difficulties in infants and children.

“At Microsoft, we believe technology is an enabler for everyone and no one should be left behind,” said Hasitha Abeywardena, country manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives at Microsoft. “Our mission is to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more. That is why we are investing in people that use technology to empower those with disabilities.”

“What stands out the most about Fortude is how they are taking standard AI capabilities and truly revolutionising the value of technology. The work they have done is an important step in scaling accessible technology and building on our recent advancements in Microsoft Cognitive Services and Machine Learning to develop accessible and intelligent AI solutions for all.” 

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