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Google Will be Investing $20M in Technology for Disabilities

Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org organized the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities in May 2015 to “seek out nonprofits and help them find new solutions to some serious ‘what ifs’ for the disabled community,” Google.org director, Jacquelline Fuller, posted online. The $20 million grant will be distributed between the 29 winners and reach over 50 countries with their projects.

Google.org claims that it’s different than the others before, claiming that it is an agnostic organization and therefore can be more objective than individuals who might be more passion-driven about the issues they pick. Google is not only willing to help the nonprofits with financial support but also with their tech expertise to create efficient, affordable services and products.

They kicked off the challenge by supporting the Enable Community Foundation with a $600,000 grant to advance on its hand designs, improve fit, and increase the number of people who can benefit from its devices. Another nonprofit who received a $500,000 grant from the start is World Wide Hearing. They are developing a low cost tool kit for hearing loss using smartphone technology that will be widely available and affordable to most families including those in the developing world.

There are more than 1 billion people living with disabilities worldwide, and Google.org hopes to improve their lives, no matter how big or small the ways.

Sources: http://www.businessinsider.com/google-announces-winners-of-20-million-disability-grant-challenge-tech-2016-4?r=UK&IR=T

https://googleblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/google-impact-challenge-disabilities.html

http://www.wired.com/2016/04/google-orgs-giving-20-million-engineer-better-world-disabled/

https://www.google.org/impactchallenge/disabilities/

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LEGO unveils new wheelchair minifigure

After one of the toys was seen at the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Germany, Lego confirmed that they were introducing a new minifigure of a boy in a wheelchair. Lego, Hasbro, Fisher Price and other toymakers have been under pressure to include disabilities in some of their figurines.

The online campaign #ToyLikeMe asks Lego to “please make this the last Christmas disabled kids are culturally excluded from your much-loved products.” The petition has accumulated over 20,000 signatures that call on Lego to use its toys to “help generations of kids, (both with and without disabilities), grow up with a more positive attitude to human difference!”

There’s a distinct lack of toys that embody the 150 million disabled children around the world, according to founder Rebecca Atkinson. In a statement posted online she says “Lego have just rocked our brick built world and made 150 million disabled kids, their mums, dads, pet dogs and hamsters very very happy.”

According Lego’s spokesperson in Britain and Ireland, Emma Owen, the wheelchair figure is part of the Lego CITY set and will be available to the public in June 2016. The 15 piece set features “urban residents” that includes a family, four children and a baby.

Looks like we can go Christmas shopping in June!

For images click here!

Sources: http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/28/news/companies/lego-wheelchair-minifigure/?iid=EL

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/28/464688159/lego-will-unveil-a-minifigure-in-a-wheelchair-in-a-first

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