What challenges does the program focus on?
There is a world of opportunities when it comes to accessible and inclusive technology for people with disabilities, and Microsoft is beginning this program by focusing on three main challenges in the AI for Accessibility program: Employment, Daily life, and Communication and connection.
The AI for Accessibility program awards grants in areas that are vital for building a sustainable future:
- Employment: The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is more than double that of people without. We see opportunities in using AI to help people develop more advanced skills in the workplace and evolve the culture around inclusive hiring.
- Daily life: We see great opportunities in building modern solutions for people with disabilities by making software and devices smarter and more contextually relevant.
- Communication and connection: Communication is fundamental to providing equal access to information and opportunities. Lack of options excludes some from employment and society. Technology can create new possibilities regardless of how a person listens, speaks or writes.
How do I apply for a grant?