Google.org, Google’s charitable arm, has undertaken the honorable task of donating $20 million in form of grants to nonprofits aimed at making more developed open-source technology which alleviates the pains of disabled people. By this time last year, Google launched its Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities. This week, Google published the 30 winners of the competition.
Among the projects to be covered by the grants include developing open-source digital libraries which would be very handy for those with sight challenges; even up to developing devices which could convert a wheelchair which is manually operated to one which is powered.
“ONE IN THREE PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY LIVES IN POVERTY.”
Google.org made reference to a number of thought-provoking statistics which cemented Google’s foundation of its involvement in this work of charity. Among these statistics is that more than 1 billion estimated people in the world live with disabilities. “And regardless of the country or community they live in, the gaps in opportunity for people with disabilities are striking,” writes the challenge’s lead, Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink. “One in three people with a disability lives in poverty. In places like the United States, 50 to 70 percent of people with disabilities are unemployed; in developing countries that number increases to 80 to 90 percent.”