Making technology accessible for everyone
The World Health Organization estimates that 15 percent of the world’s population—over 1 billion people—have a disability. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an opportunity to look at how technology enables us to move toward a more accessible world. Google’s accessibility-first design mentality, coupled with advances in technology like AI, has led to the creation of new products for people with disabilities. And when we get it right, this technology will ultimately result in products that work better for all of us. It’s a perfect example of what we mean by building a more helpful Google for everyone. This month we will highlight some of those efforts and the people behind the work.
10 articles in this collection
How classroom tech brings accessibility with dignity
In honor of Disability Awareness Month, we talked with Lisa Berghoff, veteran Special Education teacher, about how technology has impacted and…
Accessibility for the digital world and beyond
We’ve always worked to make it easier for people with accessibility needs to navigate the digital world. Today, we also want to help people na…
Voice guidance in Maps, built for people with impaired vision
Built for and by people with vision impairments, detailed voice guidance in Google Maps helps everyone navigate with ease.
Action Blocks: one tap to make technology more accessible
Action Blocks is a new application to help users with cognitive impairments reduce the complexity of everyday tasks on Android into one simple…
Using AI to give people who are blind the “full picture”
Google is helping people who are blind browse the web by incorporating machine image descriptions in Chrome.
If it has audio, now it can have captions
Live Caption is now available on Pixel 4, with plans to support more devices and languages in the near future.
Making support accessible: why Google joined Be My Eyes
Be My Eyes is calling for more tech companies to join Google and Microsoft in making their support teams more accessible for the blind and low…
How accessible design helps everyone
New guidelines help developers & designers prevent mistakes that make websites and apps unusable for people with visual impairments.
Using personal experience to make Chromebooks accessible
Q&A with the Google engineer who's making Chromebooks more accessible for everyone.