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With great sadness we share the news that our colleague, Google software engineer Ada Majorek, passed away this month almost 4 years after being diagnosed with ALS. Ada’s passion for engineering was not dampened by her diagnosis, but rather quite the opposite. She moved from her team at YouTube to Google’s Accessibility Engineering team, and spent her last years building software for people with dexterity impairments. Ada continued to code throughout the progression of her disease using a variety of on-screen keyboards and input devices. She communicated using a head mouse and an open-source predictive on-screen keyboard called Dasher and then became the primary developer on Dasher’s open-source codebase and released a new version that allows for more natural conversational styles (and gave Ada’s sense of humor an outlet!). She served as a technical advisor for Google.org’s Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities to help nonprofits make the world more accessible with technology. Her screencasts tell her story and show her determination to spread the word to others who might benefit from the software she helped develop. The Google community, including all of us at Google.org, will miss working with Ada and will remember her with laughter.

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In 2016, we gave the Equal Justice Initiative a $1 million grant to help fund their From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration Museum, as well as their Memorial to Peace and Justice honoring the victims of racial terror lynchings.

Today, we’re renewing that commitment with an additional $1M grant to continue to our support for these programs, and to help EJI scale their efforts. We’re also honored to support the launch of Lynching in America, a platform that digitizes their groundbreaking research that documents the more than 4,000+ victims of the era of lynching and racial terror.


Learn more at lynchinginamerica.eji.org
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In 2016, we gave $50 million in grants to Bay Area nonprofits. Today, we’re proud to open Google's Community Space which provides local nonprofits with free access to event space and coworking areas.

Learn more from Google.org grantee, Oakland Digital on how they’re using the community space to empower students across the Bay Area → https://goo.gl/eTr6d0
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Today, 74% of students globally have little or no connectivity. This prohibits them from accessing the wealth of online educational resources.

See how Google.org's new global education initiative helps organizations like Learning Equality use technology to close learning gaps. goo.gl/Jsdccn
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We're committing $50M to help every student access the quality education they deserve. Learn more about our new education initiative and stay tuned for more information on our grantees: goo.gl/1VwCsI
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We’re committed to creating transformational job opportunities for Bay Area youth. That’s why we’re awarding Genesys Works Bay Area $500,000 to expand access to professional skills training and IT internships to Bay Area high schoolers. Read more: http://bit.ly/1XnstyT
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Today Google.org is providing $250,000 to partners in the Flint community to address the water crisis. These grants have a special focus on technical solutions for understanding and resolving the crisis for the long term.

Learn more about the work being done: https://goo.gl/gryayg
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In global studies, the United States ranks below average in mathematics achievement. We need to reverse this statistic. To help do so, Google partnered with #WeTeachScience pairing up STEM professionals with students. 

Find out how you can help make a difference in a student’s life: http://bit.ly/1Sm3THO
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New technological innovations are breaking down barriers to Education, Communication, Mobility, Independence, and Employment for people with disabilities. 

Independence: Almost half of people who are visually impaired would like to leave their home more often if they were able. #GoogleImpactChallenge #Disabilities grantee +Perkins School for the Blind is creating high-precision navigation for the blind via crowdsourced information. 

Other grantees like Wayfindr, +Wheelmap.org and TOM are developing innovative assistive technology to increase independence for people with disabilities. Read more about them at: g.co/disabilities
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New technological innovations are breaking down barriers to Education, Communication, Mobility, Independence, and Employment for people with disabilities. 

Education: Today, less than 10%of all published materials are accessible to people with visual or print impairments.  #GoogleImpactChallenge   #Disabilities  grantee +DAISY Consortium is creating standards to ensure every book is accessible.

Other grantees like +Benetech and +The Arc of the United States are developing innovative assistive technology to make education more accessible for people with disabilities. Read more about them at:  g.co/disabilities
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