Google invested $ 20 million in projects to help the disabled

Google invested $ 20 million in projects to help the disabled

Their humanitarian branch, Google.org, the company divided the $ 20 million to projects to improve the lives of people with special needs. According to the report, there are more than one billion people with disabilities who find it difficult to interact with the world around them, as well as devices that most people use every day.

It is well known that Google has quite a lot of time to projects that make people’s lives better. In addition to its own projects, such as Project Loon, which should provide access to the Internet in remote areas, the company also helps start-ups and non-profit organizations funding their projects.

Google invested $ 20 million in projects to help the disabled

Their humanitarian branch, Google.org, the company divided the $ 20 million to projects to improve the lives of people with special needs. According to the report, there are more than one billion people with disabilities who find it difficult to interact with the world around them, as well as devices that most people use every day.

Although smart phones and computers have the technology to help these people, they do not cover the whole range of possible cases that can help people with disabilities. These missing pieces exactly what Google looking for when they found more than 1,000 organizations in 88 countries working for technological improvement in the lives of persons with disabilities around the world.

Google chose winners based on factors such as the utility, potential scalability and openness. Naturally all involved project promises to make them open-source technology to facilitate their dissemination as possible, giving the best chance to help the greatest number of people.

Among the big winners was The Center of Discovery, which received a grant of $ 1.125 million for their addon for wheelchairs. Perkins School For The Blind received $ 750,000 from Google.org their technology designed to collect information on sighted people to help with accurate navigation for the blind, which gives them the opportunity to find things such as bus stops, restaurants, and so on.

Miraclefoot received $ 1 million, and another $ 400,000 went to help Click2Speak development of innovative voice on-screen keyboard. Google notes that these measures should improve the availability and, consequently, opportunities for billions of people with disabilities, which reportedly, one in three lives in unfavorable conditions.

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