15% of the Earth's population, or one billion people worldwide, have a disability. Despite a diverse community, people with disabilities face discrimination in various facets of life. Employment discrimination against people with disabilities includes varied workplaces, including the field of AI. This research project has lead to the founding of 4ai, a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit that aims to provide jobs to people with disabilities and make advancements in the field of artificial intelligence. This corporation will exclusively employe people with disabilities, training them to tag images to be utilized in training artificial intelligence technology. Through AAR's Independent Study program, this project focuses on the continued development of 4ai.
The technology industry is rapidly growing, but the diversity of its workforce is not. In particular, people with disabilities lack representation in this field. Therefore, we founded 4ai, a nonprofit corporation that exclusively educates and employs people with disabilities to label images that are sold to technology companies to help develop their AI algorithms. AAR provided us with the resources and support we needed to turn 4ai from a mere idea into a full-fledged, award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit.