$20M Goes to Increase Access to Information for Individuals with Disabilities

US-DeptOfEducation-Seal_LargeThe Education Dept. awards $20 million to the U. of Wisconsin for a pilot project through the Disability Innovation Fund— Automated Personalization Computing Project (APCP) (CFDA) Number: 84.421A).

The grant is designed to improve broadband infrastructure so that devices automatically adjust into a format based on the user’s preferences and abilities. The project will help individual users find and specify the formats and accommodations that work best for them.

Individuals with disabilities often face barriers trying to access information or communication technologies in the various aspects of their lives, whether it is in education, employment, or day-to-day activities. The APCP has the chance to bring the maximum potential of the 21st century to the lives of people with disabilities by increasing access to information and communications technology and reducing barriers for people with disabilities.

The project will provide tools to help people with disabilities to access, on a secure basis, this computer information no matter where they were, no matter what type of computer they were on, or what software programs were being used, so long as the computer was APCP-enabled with web access, DoEd said.

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