Kuwaiti schools promote IT skills for the blind

Two schools that cater to special needs children in Kuwait are helping visually impaired students to develop computer skills using Sakhr Software solutions.

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By  Rob Corder Published  June 2, 2001

Sakhr Software is installing its Arabic Reading Machine System for the visually impaired in two Kuwaiti schools. Al Noor Wal Amal and Al-Rajaa schools will use the systems to allow blind and partially blind students and teachers to improve computer and language skills.

Sakhr’s bilingual Reading Machine is based on other Sakhr technologies such as the Automatic Diacritizer and Arabic OCR. The system helps blind and partially sighted people to perform various computer-based tasks by reading aloud content on computer screens. The system is capable of reading e-mail, scanned documents and Web pages. It also includes a utility to train the visually impaired users on the keyboard.

“This proves again that when Arabic innovative technologies are applied with the human in mind, everything is possible. Using our technologies, we helped the visually challenged experience the benefits of computer and Internet that the rest of us take for granted”. said Jamil Ezzo, director of international sales at Sakhr Software. “We aim to provide more and more solutions that carefully consider the needs of disabled people, hence Sakhr enters a new phase of human natural uncomplicated interaction by speech technologies,” added Ezzo.

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