Accessibility Outreach


The Accessibility Outreach program is organized and promoted by the GNOME Foundation to sponsor relevant development tasks related to Accessibility in GNOME.

What is it about?

The GNOME Outreach Program: Accessibility aims to:

  • Increase awareness of accessibility-related issues and how they relate to computer applications;
  • Encourage and inspire people to work on those issues;
  • Help the free software community improve its support for accessibility.

The GNOME Foundation will provide a list of tasks that participants can attempt to complete. Judges will choose winning entries in accordance with the program rules and prizes will be awarded to eligible winning participants.


  • 2008-03-01: List of available tasks published in the website. See our Tasks page!

  • 2008-02-27: Program officially announced to community. See our press release!

How to Participate

In order to participate in the program, follow those simple instructions:

Important Dates

  • 2008
    • February 27th: Program is announced to community.
    • March 1st: Tasks are officially published on the website and proposals acceptance opens.
    • October 1st: No more proposals for Long-Term tasks accepted.
    • December 15th: No more proposals for Short-Term tasks accepted.
  • 2009
    • January 1st: Pencils-down for all accepted projects.
    • January 15th: Deadline for publishing the list of winners.

People & Contact

If you have any questions about the program, please read our frequently asked questions page first. If you still have questions, don't hesitate to contact the program administrators Behdad Esfahbod, Lucas Rocha, and Vincent Untz.

The technical judges responsible for selecting the candidates for each task and evaluating the results are Willie Walker, David Bolter, and Luke Yelavich.

If you need any technical support from community about the available development tasks, use the GNOME Accessibility mailing list.

Press Enquiries

Please see our press release for the announcement, and contact the administrators listed above for more information.


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Many thanks to Máirín Duffy, for designing the program logo, and Google, for allowing us to use GHOP rules as a basis for this program's rules.

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