Accessibility research is critical in its potential and opportunity to advance inclusive technology that can enable and improve access for diverse user populations. Google's mission ("Organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful") emphasizes the importance of accessibility at the company-level. Google works on a broad range of topics in accessibility to ensure that our technology is accessible and empowers people with disabilities to be socially engaged, productive, and independent. We are committed to research that advances the state-of-the-art in usable, useful, inclusive, and accessible technology. Google strives for broad inclusion through support for assistive technologies, and research and development that aids people with vision, hearing, speech, motor, and/or cognitive disabilities.
For our 2021 program, we call for proposals specifically in the areas of:
- Wearable computing and augmentative technology
- Inclusive remote communication and telepresence to aid in collaboration among people with and without disabilities
- Transportation and mobility
- Tools and techniques for cognitive inclusion