Facebook taps artificial intelligence for users with disabilities

Facebook software engineer Matt King, who is blind, has a sound mixing board like those used by a professional DJ which lets him control the volume of his screen reader and other audio coming from three laptops and two phones as he works on improving accessibility for people with disabilities at the social network.(Photo: Christopher Schodt, USA TODAY) MENLO PARK — Matt King, a software engineer who has been blind since college, came to Facebook last summer with a mission: to make web sites and mobile apps friendlier for people with disabilities like him. King, 50, uses screen-reader software that turns web pages and documents into synthesized speech. The challenge he confronts every day: As many as half of web sites are nearly impossible for him to browse. “There are not many products out there where you can…


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