Verboso Receives AI for Accessibility Grant from Microsoft
Chicago, IL, USA – 8/13/2019 – Verboso has received a grant from Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility program to help further our goal of making speech therapy fun, engaging and data driven.
Engaging children in speech therapy can be a difficult task. In addition, when the child leaves the therapist office, insufficient tools exist to track performance and compliance data of the child in-between sessions. Verboso is filling this gap by creating speech therapy video games powered by AI. To achieve this, Verboso is curating an open-source database of audio recordings of articulation therapy that can be used by educators, researchers and other innovators. We believe that making our data open-source is important to democratize access to the tools people need to advance innovation and research in this area.
The grant from Microsoft will provide Verboso with resources to help accelerate the creation of our technology and our open-source database. This support is crucial to Verboso as we continue working to help speech therapists and parents provide better care to their children.
AI for Accessibility is Microsoft’s $25 million 5-year program aimed at harnessing the power of AI to amplify human capability for the more than one billion people around the world with disabilities. It’s a call to action for developers, NGO’s, academics, researchers and inventors to accelerate their work for people with disabilities, focusing on three challenges: Employment, Daily Life and Communication and Connection. Through grants, technology, and AI expertise, the program aims to accelerate the development of accessible and intelligent AI solutions and build on recent advancements in Microsoft Cognitive Services to help developers create intelligent apps that can see, hear, speak, understand and interpret people’s needs.