AI for Accessibility is a new program aimed at harnessing the power of AI to amplify human capability for the more than one billion people around the world with disabilities. We’ll do this with grants, investments of technology and expertise. Also, these applications are incorporated into platform level services, working with our partners to bring innovations to market.
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?
|Submit your proposal via the online application form.|
|We accept proposals on a rolling basis with grants awarded on a quarterly basis, beginning with the first awards October 1, 2018.|
|We are open to everybody who has a great idea. AI for Accessibility is a call to action for developers, NGO’s, academics, researchers and inventors to accelerate their work for people with disabilities. This is a global program; grant applications from all countries in the world are eligible.|
|The most important part of each application is a project proposal that describes the accessibility challenge addressed, the technical solution proposed, and its potential impact on people with disabilities. Please follow the application form and be as specific as possible. Your proposal should be written in English.|