Google Funds $20 Million Disability Initiative Google’s charitable arm is offering up to $20 million to nonprofits that use “emerging technologies to increase independence for people living with disabilities.” As part of the initiative—“The Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities”—the company also is asking people with disabilities to suggest problems that they would like to see addressed with ... News in Brief
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Google Funds $20 Million Disability Initiative
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Google Funds $20 Million Disability Initiative
The ASHA Leader, August 2015, Vol. 20, 14. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB7.20082015.14
The ASHA Leader, August 2015, Vol. 20, 14. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB7.20082015.14
Google’s charitable arm is offering up to $20 million to nonprofits that use “emerging technologies to increase independence for people living with disabilities.”
As part of the initiative—“The Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities”—the company also is asking people with disabilities to suggest problems that they would like to see addressed with the grant money.
The focus of the challenge is to build awareness, identify solutions and help create universal access for people with disabilities.
Google has already committed funding to World Wide Hearing to help diagnose hearing loss in developing countries. The grant will support development of an inexpensive, mobile-technology-based diagnostic tool that rural health workers can use to screen for hearing loss and fit a hearing aid in less than an hour.
Google also funded the Enable Community Foundation, which links people needing prosthetics with volunteers who use 3-D printers to create them at no cost.
In addition to funding solutions, Google plans to ensure accessibility of its own products and add new offerings that benefit people with disabilities. It already has developed self-driving cars and Liftware, an eating utensil designed for people with hand tremors.
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