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Federal government grants funding to three new accessible technology projects

Project designs largely focus on providing information in real-time

The Government of Canada is funding new projects to make it easier for Canadians living with disabilities to access the digital economy.

The nearly $754,000 in funding comes from the Accessible Technology Program (ATP). It’s part of the government’s Innovation and Skills Plan and is focused on creating jobs for middle-class residents.

Technologies HumanWare Inc. will receive $200,000 to create a device that will show raised graphics with multiline Braille text. This will provide users with disabilities access to documents in real-time.

$351,000 will go to the Centre for Equitable Library Access to create a program that will improve voice assistant options and provide more choices for reading materials.

Concordia University is receiving $203,000 to create a chatbot that will respond to information requests.

“By partnering with innovative and caring organizations across the country, Canadians with disabilities will have access to essential high-quality assistive equipment,” François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, said in a statement.

In total, 28 projects have been funded through the ATP program.

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Source: Government of Canada

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