OLPC (one laptop per child) is an organisation which want to provide children in developing countries with access to knowledge and opportunities to "explore, experiment and express themselves". Therefore OLPC is distributing the XO-1, an inexpensive, robust and optimized laptop computer. It has small but good tactile keys. Fortunately, some people already work on solutions to make this device and it's software accessible for blind and otherwise handicaped persons. For this reason they have set up a mailing list with a public archive. At the moment, Hemant Goyal from India is working on the integration of speech synthesis in the Sugar environment. He is accepted for Google's summer of code 2008.
Official OLPC Wiki at laptop.org Edit
- Accessibility project page
- Speech Synthesis
- Speech Server
- Category Accessibility
- Human Interface Guidelines (Design Fundamentals)
- Sugar dev meeting with topic text to speech on March 25 2008
- What press and blogs have written about OLPC and the XO
- Weekly report about the work of the worldwide OLPC community
Peter Korn's Weblog Edit
Peter Korn from Sun Microsystems is an expert for accessibility and screen reader. He started the OLPC accessibility mailing list. Here are some interesting articles from his blog:
- One (Accessible) Laptop Per Child - or per user with a disability, posted on March 28, 2007
- Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, posted on May 14, 2008
- "Article 9 of the Convention speaks to Accessibility, and I read several aspects of this as applying directly to technology accessibility work."
See also at Wikipedia Edit
- One Laptop per Child
- XO-1 is the first inexpensive and robust OLPC laptop computer
- Speech Synthesis
- Screen Reader
OLPC News Blog and Forum Edit
- OLPC News Blog by members of the OLPC community. "Your independent source for news, information, commentary, and discussion".
- Assestive Technologie Group