Importance of open source screen readers for accessibility: Interview with Joanie Diggs

Right at the end of the CSUN conference I cornered Joanie Diggs, newly appointed module maintainer of the GNOME Orca screen reader. We flopped down in a quiet corner to chat about open source and screen readers.

Topics covered include Joanie’s journey to becoming Orca maintainer (03:10), the benefits of open source development for accessibility (07:08), collaboration between projects to fix problems (13:40) and how others can be encourage to take a more active role (25:30). We also discussed Joanie’s thoughts on the important issue of gender imbalance in open source development (18:10).

Listen to the audio below or download it in mp3 format.

[audio:http://fullmeasure.co.uk/Stuff/Joanie.mp3]
Running time: 28 min