Google is paving the path of innovation with two recent Chrome extensions- Color Enhancer and Animation Policy—aimed at making it easier for those with disabilities to interact with the web. Now, they are challenging innovators worldwide to follow their lead and further improve accessibility efforts.
The popular search engine recently announced Impact Challenge: Disabilities, a $20 million grant program from Google.org, the charitable arm of Google tasked with supporting nonprofits changing the world for the better through the donation of grants, technology, and the knowledge of Googlers looking to give back. The mission is simple: identify new areas of opportunity where the use of emerging technologies can increase mobility and independence for people living with disabilities.
The number of people in the world with disabilities is roughly one billion, or one in seven; however, many of the world’s inventions aren’t designed with these individuals in mind. Google makes it a policy to incorporate accessibility principles into their products and services, and believes other businesses can do the same. They are currently seeking partners in their quest to expand opportunities to people with disabilities. Is that you?
For more information on how technology can improve accessibility, read our blog Top Apps for People with Disabilities.