According to Microsoft, the special programme will put AI tools in the hands of developers including those living in India to accelerate the development of accessible and intelligent AI solutions for people with disabilities.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said at "Build 2018," the company's annual developers' conference, “It is important for us to figure out how to empower more people. It has been a personal passion of mine to help people suffering with disabilities like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and autism."
He added: "AI for Accessibility is a grand programme for the researchers, NGOs and developers -- providing them with platform technologies so that they can help over one billion people with disabilities."
At present, only one in 10 people with disabilities globally has access to assistive technologies and products.
Many Microsoft applications are already helping people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing with real-time captioning of conversations.