The Microsoft is seeking proposals for the AI for Accessibility Grants to empower work through grants, investments of technology, and expertise.
- Daily life: Over 1 billion people around the world live with disabilities, but only 1 in 10 have access to the assistive technology they need. Accessible, affordable technology allows people with disabilities to participate in an inclusive society and economy. AI solutions for smart cities, transportation, and education can improve daily life for people with disabilities.
- Communication and connection: For people with disabilities, assistive communication tools are critical. Communication challenges can affect any of them, at any time, based on temporary, situational, or permanent issues. They support AI projects that create and advance connections through inclusive and assistive tools.
- Employment: Globally, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is 2-3 times that of people without. And in the US, this has not substantially changed in the last 30 years since the establishment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). AI can improve engagement in the workplace via projects that leverage shared data and tools to empower this untapped talent pool.