the work of Bill Cox and Isaac Porat for their work on Speech Hub. This is a great contribution to Free software and help to the vision impaired community. You may be asking what is Speech Hub? Well here is some information taken from the Speech Hub website.
The ACF is starting a new campaign to make the Web even more accessible. We will be reaching out to some websites to run real accessibility tests on their web applications/sites. The point of this campaign is to have people who are actually using assistive technology test the applications/sites instead of using automated accessibility test suites. The software-based accessibility test suites are good places to start, but they are not the end when it comes to testing web-based applications/sites.
The ACF is proud to announce that it is sponsoring the development of Sonar GNU/Linux. Sonar is a GNU/Linux operating system focused on accessibility and assistive technology. The reason for this campaign is to bring accessible computing to people with all types of disabilities around the world. Included in Sonar will be a screen reader, magniification, onscreen keyboards, fonts for people with dyslexia and software for quadriplegics. Since Sonar is A GNU/Linux operating system it will run on older hardwaere so Sonar will be able to utilize computers that people are throwing away.
The aCf has reached out to the people over at the LXDE desktop to see about getting their pcmanfm file manager accessible. The response from the LXDE team was fantastic! They have already begun the work on making their file manager accessible with the Orca screen reader. This is great news for blind and low vision users that depend on the Orca screen reader. If you don't know the LXDE desktop is a very light weight desktop that needs very little resources to run. This will be great for users that don't have newer hardware to run their accessible software.
The fundraiser we had for the ACF was a great success! This was the perfect launch for the foundation and its goals. We had over 30 new members that day and 6 generous one time donations. We would like to thank everyone that came out that day for their support and help. Thanks to Alan Pope and Allen Bell from Ubuntu to show their support and to hang out for a few hours during the marathon.
The Accessible Computing Foundation is pleased to announce its partnership with IAVIT The international assoceation of visually impaired technologist. IAVIT is a non profit organization dedicated to helping blind and low vision people obtaining jobs in a technical field, or even advocating for accessibility within the technical field. IAVIT and the ACF have a lot of the same goals in mind, so we decided it would be beneficial for us to work together because we can accomplish more working alongside each other.