Technology can make a big difference to a person with disabilities whether its mobility, assistance to the visually impaired, or visual and sensory tools for people with hearing impairments.
Recently I was watching a video of a biped robot that cannot just walk on uneven ground it can also climb stairs. I was just wondering, if such a biped robotic contraption can be used under a wheelchair so that we no longer need ramps. Then we will actually have all-terrain wheelchairs. People using such wheelchairs will be able to climb stairs, go to the beach, tread upon rocky surfaces and even visit old ruins. There will be practically no accessibility problems if such technologies begin to be used.
According to this Wired link Google.org has pledged $20 million to support disability technologies to 30 nonprofits that are creating technologies to make lives easier for persons with disabilities. These non-profit organisations are working to create open source electric wheelchairs, multi-lingual keyboards that you can control with your eyes and convert manual wheelchairs into automatic wheelchairs with full steering control.
Each organisation will get $750,ooo each. These organisations can make an impact in more than 50 countries with their projects.