Google’s support of accessibility extends beyond products and developer tools to include both external and internal research efforts.
Through our Faculty Research Awards program, we support academic research that has the potential to directly impact the lives of people with disabilities globally. Since the program began in 2005, we’ve provided funding to dozens of accessibility-related research projects in topic areas including Speech, Human-Computer Interaction, Mobile, and Education Innovation. The full list of Research Awards recipients can be found on the Google Research Blog, but here are a few examples of some of the projects we’re proud to have supported:
- ASL-STEM Project, Richard Ladner, University of Washington
- MobileASL via Android, Eve Riskin, University of Washington
- NavPal: Mobile Navigation Aid for the Visually Impaired, M. Bernardine Dias, Carnegie Mellon University
- Context-Aware Mobile Communications Aids, Ronald Baecker, University of Toronto