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Pursuing transformative technology with the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities ~ a repost

GOOGLeWhen Laura Palmaro was 10 years old, she woke one morning to find that the central vision in her left eye had all but disappeared. She was not ill and had no genetic issues—it was completely out of the blue. When she was 14, the same rare condition struck her right eye, and she began her freshman year of high school legally blind. Suddenly she was forced to depend on other people to read everything aloud, from school assignments to menus. The toughest part, according to Laura, was losing her sense of independence—and not knowing when or how she would get it back.

Laura has since adopted technological solutions to her vision challenges, using a combination of screen-readers and magnification software to read, work and more. Now a program manager at Google, she is following her passion, helping Chrome and Chrome OS teams make their products more accessible. “Technology has truly transformed my life,” she says. “Assistive technology can tear down boundaries, and empower people to find their independence and fulfill their dreams.”

We agree with Laura about the power of technology to change lives. And in order to support more people like her—people who see obstacles as opportunities—we’re launching the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities. We’re putting $20 million in Google.org grants behind nonprofits using emerging technologies to increase independence for people living with disabilities, and today we’re issuing an open call to identify new areas of opportunity at g.co/ImpactChallengeDisability.

We’re kicking things off with support for two remarkable organizations. Each of these organizations is using technology to dramatically reduce the cost of and access to prosthetic limbs and auditory therapy, respectively—which could be transformative for hundreds of millions of people.

  • The Enable community connects people who want prosthetics with volunteers who use 3D printers to design, print, assemble, and fit them, for free. This dramatically cuts costs, increases speed of distribution, and meets unmet needs. We’ll support the Enable Community Foundation’s efforts with a $600,000 grant to advance the design, distribution and delivery of open-source 3D-printed upper-limb prosthetics.
  • Diagnosing auditory challenges can be a struggle in low income communities—the equipment is expensive, bulky and unrealistic, particularly in the developing world. With our support, and a $500,000 grant, World Wide Hearing will develop, prototype and test an extremely low cost tool kit for hearing loss using smartphone technology that’s widely available—and affordable—in the developing world.

The Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities will seek out nonprofits and help them find new solutions to some serious “what ifs” for the disabled community. We will choose the best of these ideas and help them to scale by investing in their vision, by rallying our people and by mobilizing our resources in support of their missions.

But of course, we realize there’s always room to improve our products as well. We have a team committed to monitoring the accessibility of Google tools; and we provide engineering teams with training to incorporate accessibility principles into products and services. That doesn’t just mean improving existing Google tools, it means developing new ones as well. For example, Liftware is a stabilizing utensil designed to help people with hand tremors eat more easily, and self-driving cars could one day transform mobility for everyone.

Historically, people living with disabilities have relied on technologies that were often bulky, expensive, and limited to assisting with one or two specific tasks. But that’s beginning to change. Thanks to groups like Enable and World Wide Hearing, and with tools like Liftware, we’re starting to see the potential for technologies that can profoundly and affordably impact millions. But we’ll all get there sooner if we make it a team effort—which is why we’re launching Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities today. Together, we can create a better world, faster.

Posted by Jacquelline Fuller, Director, Google.org

Roadless forests under attack–help stop new coal mining on roadless lands!

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Our roadless forests are under attack!

A thicket of aspen in the Sunset Roadless Area. (Ted Zukoski / Earthjustice)

Arch Coal just got the go-ahead to bulldoze for dirty coal in one of our pristine roadless national forest areas.
Help us fight back!

Arch Coal is at it again.

On April 6, the Forest Service announced it was paving the way for the second-largest coal company in the United States to bulldoze across thousands acres of pristine roadless forests in order to mine up to 350 million tons of coal.

When final, this deal will allow Arch Coal to reap huge profits while adding hundreds of millions of tons of climate pollution to our atmosphere—all at the expense of thousands of acres of beautiful, wild and public roadless forest.

I’m furious. And today, I’m asking for your help.

We’ve successfully stopped Arch Coal in the past. We can do it again.

Will you help us stand up to dirty industry with a gift of $5 or more?

As someone who has hiked in the Sunset Roadless Area for over a decade, I can tell you that this land is beautiful, and it provides important habitat for wildlife such as black bears and rare lynx in addition to beaver ponds, aspen stands, and giant spruce.

But unless we fight back and win, Arch Coal will soon turn this special place into an industrial zone of drill pads and roads—destroying wildlife habitat and valued recreation and hunting areas—all to benefit a single corporation.

Additionally, burning the 350 million tons of coal the company would extract would dramatically undercut efforts to slow the pace of climate change.

My team and I are determined to protect this critical habitat and ensure vital long-term protections for our other national forests…but we need your urgent gift today to see this and other difficult legal battles through.

For decades, Earthjustice has taken the lead to fight dirty energy and protect roadless forests across the country, but today we need your help.

We’ve stopped Arch Coal before. Help us win once again.

Thank you,

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Ted Zukoski
Earthjustice, Rocky Mountains Office

Single father of drive-by shooting victim needs help making home ‘comfortable’ for daughter

Originally posted on theGrio:

In August 2009, 13-year-old Dreia Davis was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting.

Doctors said she would not recover.

Six years later, she is a senior in high school and says she feels “fabulous,” – but her father is still struggling to make her life comfortable.

Davis’ father Curtis White told MyFoxDetroit his home is not wheelchair accessible. He said he carries Dreia every day into her bedroom because her chair cannot fit through doorways.

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“I think we are one of the forgotten, getting her in and out of this wheelchair,” Curtis said. “It’s hard moving her around from room to room.”

But Curtis and Dreia are no strangers to adversity. After the shooting, they had to fight just to survive.

“(Doctors said) she would never move, she would never talk, she would never have a normal life,” White…

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GOP Benchwarmers …


It seems like the 2016 GOP presidential field grows larger and larger every day, but not all of their candidates can play on the Republican varsity team — some of them have got to ride the bench as second-string players in the fight for the Republican nomination. They’re the GOP Benchwarmers, and they’re allotted a lot less playing time — and media attention — than GOP frontrunners like Donald Trump.

But even though these aren’t necessarily household names, what they’re saying might sound familiar — that’s because when it comes to things like the economy or immigration or marriage equality, these folks really aren’t that much different from the GOP frontrunners. They’re all on the same team. So it’s still as important as ever that supporters like you get the word out to family members and friends about how wrong these candidates (and their ideas) are for America.

Read on to meet the GOP Benchwarmers, and then click here to get the latest about the rest of the GOP field.

Lindsey Graham

As a U.S. Senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham:

  • Voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and voted against the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act
  • Says he thinks automatic citizenship for children born in the U.S. is a mistake
  • Says he “will use every tool in the toolbox to repeal and replace Obamacare”
  • Does not believe that income inequality is the main issue hurting the middle class
George Pataki

As governor of New York, George Pataki:

  • Nearly doubled the state’s debt
  • Cut state financing for public universities, leading to a nearly 30% rise in tuition costs
  • Vetoed legislation to increase the minimum wage
Carly Fiorina

As CEO of Hewlett-Packard and a failed candidate for the Senate in 2010, Carly Fiorina:

  • Cut 30,000 jobs
  • Defended the practice of outsourcing jobs overseas
  • Was rated one of the worst CEOs of all time and was eventually fired for her mismanagement
  • Does not believe there should be a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants
  • Supports overturning Roe v. Wade
Mike Huckabee

Here’s what 2016 looks like under former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee:

  • Restricting women’s access to contraceptives
  • A national 23% flat tax on almost everything, placing a larger burden on the poor and middle class
  • Encouraging states to ignore the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality
  • Refusing to even believe that evolution and climate change are real
Rick Santorum

As a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum:

  • Has said “Obamacare will do the ultimate damage to freedom”
  • Called for the end of automatic citizenship for children born in the U.S. and does not support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants
  • Advocated for raising the Social Security retirement age
  • Compared homosexuality to bestiality, bigamy, polygamy, incest, and adultery
  • Believes states should be able to ban birth control and has said “we need to overturn Roe v. Wade”
  • Denied the science behind climate change

It might be hard to remember all of these GOP candidates’ names, but make sure you never forget their ideas — all of which are bad for hardworking American people all across the country. We’ve got to do everything we can to make sure these GOP Benchwarmers and the bad ideas they share with their Republicans teammates stay as far away from the White House as possible.

Spread the word by forwarding this email to three people right now, so they can meet the Benchwarmers too! And make sure everyone you know has the facts about the other Republican candidates for president: