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Free software and accessibility

by Georgia Young Contributions Published on Jan 13, 2017 02:54 PM
Accessibility is the inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to software programs by people with disabilities or impairments, or those using assistive, adaptive, or rehabilitative technologies.

This includes adding features and building tools, including screen readers, keyboard shortcuts, and more, to increase access to software programs.

Accessibility features are key to making free software work for more people and to helping people escape particularly heinous kinds of proprietary software abuse, where companies who produce proprietary assistive technology hold immense amounts of power over people's lives because of the lack of other options.

Ways to help

We will be updating this page in the future with more specific project suggestions in this area. Please email any suggestions to

This is just one item on the Free Software Foundation's High Priority Projects list.

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