[Accessibility] Mission Statement Revision Draft #5

Olaf Schmidt ojschmidt at kde.org
Wed Apr 18 10:57:55 PDT 2007


I suggest the following additions to the draft:

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 computing platforms,
applications, and services. Open A11y makes it easier for developers,
ISVs, and distributions to support assistive technologies (AT).
Assistive technologies enable individuals to

[Suggested addition:] make full use of their computers rather than being 
locked out by accessibility barriers, and to keep using their computers if 
they get ill or grow old. For example, AT 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.


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