Google to Spend $20 Million Easing Disability

May 27, 2015 - Written By Tom Dawson


Google has become a company known for many, many things and while search and Android have been at the core of the company’s success over the last decade or so, Google is also keen to push the envelope in a lot of areas. Google Glass perhaps isn’t the best example, but Google isn’t shy to spend money to help solve problems or enhance technology in huge leaps at a time. This week, they’re announcing $20 Million in grant funding to help ease disability for the One Billion people around that suffer from either development or physical disabilities. Google is doing this through their latest impact challenge, the “Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities”.

Technology has helped us get more done, speed things up and when it comes to education there is a wealth of information out there online just waiting to be scooped up. Our smartphones have made it easier than ever to communicate and – in theory – wearable technology is helping us get fit and to take better care of our bodies. However, there are – as Google states – One Billion people around the world with disabilities that affect their daily lives, restrict them from doing the things they love or just make things more difficult than they ought to be. As per their Google+ post earlier this week, the search giant is looking to challenge “the thinkers, the doers and the builders” to “create technologies that can make a difference to the one billion people around the world living with a disability.” We’ve already seen technology like Liftware, a startup from California that produced an instrument that corrects the shaking of a Parkinson’s victim to give them back the ability to eat with dignity, and we’re sure this is the sort of thing that Google is looking to see more of.

Google is to pile in $20 Million in grant money to those that can come with viable ideas that will genuinely help those in need, and those interested can take a look at the source link below. If you have any ideas and need some help getting them off the ground, then Google might be able to help with this latest Impact Challenge.