An estimated 1.3 billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, have some form of disability. They are often marginalized and face numerous barriers to accessing education, employment, and other basic needs. Despite technological advancements, the disability community is still underserved in many areas. Microsoft wants to fund generative AI research, projects, and products that:
Here are some examples of how generative AI can be used for accessibility. These are only meant to give you a broad sense of consideration areas, you are encouraged to explore further.
In this RFP, Microsoft is focused on projects that relate to the themes below. They will, however, consider applications that address other disability empowerment topics, as well.
For additional information regarding these themes, see: https://sway.office.com/JE0PoxRpU6FQwmMy