Microsoft signs pledge to empower dyslexic students

Microsoft partners with Made by Dyslexia and signs pledge to expand its education training materials, research and products


Microsoft has partnered with global charity organization, Made by Dyslexia, and signed its pledge which aims to bring companies, educators and government bodies to empower dyslexic students, Microsoft has announced in a blog post.

According to the Dyslexic Center of Utah, "one in five students, or 15–20% of the population, has a language-based learning disability", with the center stating that dyslexia is the most common of all language-based learning disabilities.

Microsoft stated that it was "honored to be the first company to sign the Made by Dyslexia pledge". With the pledge, the tech giant said it would "aim to democratize dyslexia support, so that every dyslexic child is understood and given the right support to realize their brilliant potential".

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To uphold its pledge, the tech giant will update a series of its Microsoft Education training materials to improve ease of access and implementation of their tools to support dyslexic students.

Microsoft stated it was on track on tackling the issue of learning barriers with products such as Learning Tools free to educators and students and "already helping more than 14 million people improve their reading and writing comprehension".

"With these new materials and technology, we're excited to help the people at Made by Dyslexia take their important awareness and advocacy work to a new level of action and impact in today's schools," Microsoft stated.

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