[Accessibility] Mission Statement Revision Draft #4

Janina Sajka janina at a11y.org
Wed Apr 4 08:18:50 PDT 2007

This fourth draft reflects our discussion on last Wednesday's telecon.

You will recall we need a revised statement to identify our FSG legacy
and our current Open A11y identity.

/begin proposed Mission Statement
Proposed Mision Statement (Draft #4)
April 4, 2007

First chartered in 2004 as the Free Standards Group Accessibility
Workgroup (FSGA), the Open A11y group functions today within the Linux
Foundation to establish free and open standards that enable comprehensive universal access to various
computer systems, applications, and services. Open A11y makes it easier
for developers, ISVs, and distributions to support assistive
technologies (AT).  Assistive technologies enable individuals who are
blind or visually impaired to read online text, and provide the means
for individuals who do not have the use of their arms and hands to write
and correspond. AT also enable individuals who cannot speak or hear to
participate on the telephony interfaces of today -- and will support
their participation on the multimodal computer interfaces of tomorrow.

/end proposed Mission Statement

NOTE: I suggest we also publish the original press release perhaps
simply linked below this statement.

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