[Accessibility] FW: RESNA SIG-11 Distribution List - Disabled to Get Greater Access to Linux

John Goldthwaite john.goldthwaite at catea.org
Fri May 21 06:19:49 PDT 2004

We got some press:

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From: David L. Jaffe [mailto:jaffe at roses.stanford.edu]
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Subject: RESNA SIG-11 Distribution List - Disabled to Get Greater Access
to Linux

Disabled to Get Greater Access to Linux
From: SiliconValley.com - 01/21/2004
By: Dean Takahashi

The Free Standards Group says it has established a task force to develop
accessibility standards for Linux. Scott McNeil, executive director of the
Free Standards Group, says a standard version will make it easier for Linux
developers to develop software and hardware for disabled people; Linux
developers have already created speech synthesizers that read aloud text.
strategy should encourage the development of keyboards and other devices
would be compatible with any Linux operating system software or
The Bay Area group wants to make Linux as accessible to people with
disabilities as is Windows from Microsoft, which has introduced add-on
features for the disabled since the mid 1990s. IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Sun
Microsystems, Red Hat, and a number of universities support the efforts of
the Free Standards Group. Janina Sajka, the American Foundation for the
Blind's director of technology research and development, one of the
10 million Americans who are visually impaired, has used a special version
Linux for five years and says, "When this technology works, it changes
people's lives profoundly."

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