Thursday, May 28, 2015

Technology for Independent Living

Excerpted from the Christian Science Monitor:

Google says technology can help people with disabilities live more independently, and it is offering $20 million to help prove it.

On Tuesday, Google announced the launch of its Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities project, an initiative to fund nonprofits that use emerging technologies to help people living with disabilities become more independent. The company will donate $20 million from its nonprofit branch

The challenge is a pioneering attempt by a private company to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities, experts say.

“I think it’s a very big deal. People with disabilities rarely get a lot of attention from any sector, and Google is taking a rights-based approach to promote the inclusion of people. This is a global company focused on global solutions,” says Diana Samarasan, founding director of the Disability Rights Fund.

Many of the estimated 1 billion people living with a disability rely on others to help them perform basic day-to-day tasks. Google's aim is to help organizations that help overcome these barriers.

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