During this years third annual Hacker Public Radio 26 Hour New Year show we will be discussing the ongoing work on the Orca project.
The orca Screen Reader is a free, open source, flexible, and extensible screen reader that provides access to the graphical desktop via user-customizable combinations of speech and/or braille. Written in python, it provides a way for blind, low vision, dyslexic, etc. people to do all the things we all take for granted. Filing taxes, checking when the next bus is leaving, or simply earning a living.
The problem is that while this program is so essential to so many peoples lives it has only one (1) developer, Joanmarie Diggs of Igalia open source consultancy.
We’re going to fix that.
We’re going to raise $100,000 to hire two full time contractors to fix all the outstanding bugs tracked by Orca.
We’re going to find programmers and have them work on this either full time or part time, to continue to improve Accessibility in:
- Speech Dispatcher
- Java (and its Atk Wrapper)
- and any other apps and toolkits that need help
We’re going to raise the profile of Accessible Computing in every software project so that support is included from the start, contributing documentation, putting people in touch with advisors, telling our friends that Orca and Sonar exists, recording new voices, and generally making Orca not just better but, ten times better
So please spread the word, on social networks #FundOrca, contact every celebrity, entrepreneur, or personality you know. Please support this campaign.
- ORCA fundraiser: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/orca-bringing-digital-sight-to-the-vision-impaired
- Accessible Computing Foundation http://theacf.co/
- Sonar http://sonargnulinux.com/
- Igalia open source consultancy http://www.igalia.com/
- Orca mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org
- Accessibility Developer Joanmarie Diggs
Edit: Updated to add developer information as per Stomme poes, comments below.
Edit2: Updated to add comments by Joanmarie Diggs.