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Free Software Foundation Appoints Director of Access Technology

May 19, 2010, 03:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

""People with disabilities deserve to have control of their own technological destinies."

"With this statement, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) announces that it is turning its attention to accessibility. In addition to explaining the important of accessibility in the newly released GNU Accessibility Statement, the FSF has appointed accessibility expert Chris Hofstader as Director of Access Technology Software, a position that combines both political activism and working directly with developers on various projects.

"The appointment comes after what Hofstader calls a "leadership vacuum" in accessibility, particularly in free software. Hofstader notes that, although the United States has signed the United Nations' Convention on the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, under the former Bush administration, American laws about accessibility in government procurement went unenforced."

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