The Ubuntu Accessibility Team met at UDS to discuss the plans for the team both in terms of structure and actions for the Maverick Meerkat cycle. It was decided that Luke Yelavich will lead the development part of the team and I will lead the outreach/documentation part of the team.
As the team is still getting back on its feet, our goals this cycle are very much based on providing a strong base for continuing work. We’re working on improving our documentation of what we do as a team and hoping to start on updating the accessibility documentation in general. As well, we’re planning to work more with other open source accessibility groups such as the ones for Gnome and Debian.
Our biggest documentation and outreach goal for the cycle, however, is to create personas of people with accessibility needs that can be given to the design team and to developers so that they can understand the needs of disabled people when working on Ubuntu and other open source projects. Right now we’re creating a survey to get an understanding of people’s needs. We’ll distribute this to all sorts of groups of people who may have accessibility needs when they use computers and take the results to create 4-5 personas.
I’m looking forward to the work this cycle and expect to see some great results soon!