AT&T Announces App Challenge to Help Disabled Persons

NEC member AT&T recently announced a new app contest aimed specifically at helping people with disabilities. Up to $100,000 in prizes are being offered in the Connect Ability Challenge for technology designed to help those with disabilities.

AT&T has partnered with New York University’s Assistive Technology and Ability Lab to find technology which can better serve people with disabilities. Final submissions will be due at the beginning of July and AT&T will announce the winner on July 26, the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Assisting in the judging of the technology are four “exemplars”- people who have disabilities and therefore uniquely understand how technology can improve the daily lives of disabled individuals. Rounding out the judging panel are education and technology experts, as well as therapists and disability advocates.

“The Americans with Disabilities Act was landmark legislation aimed at enabling people with disabilities to participate more fully in our society. Twenty-five years later, as advances in technology have allowed us all to connect in ways we never imagined, we believe we can further remove barriers the disability community continues to encounter,” said Marissa Shorenstein, AT&T’s New York State President. “AT&T is excited to partner with New York University’s ABILITY Lab on this groundbreaking project to attract innovators from across the world and harness their creativity and skills to create innovative and potentially life-changing solutions.”

The New England Council applauds AT&T for this initiative which will not only produce exciting new technologies, but also raise awareness about how innovation can help disabled individuals.

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