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Friday, December 12, 2008

Scottish Open Source software award for AccessApps

AccessApps, a package of over 50 open source and freeware assistive technologies run from a USB stick, has just won the Excellence in Education category at the Scottish Open Source Awards. It has been developed by the JISC Regional Support Centre (RSC) Scotland North & East3 and made freely available following a successful collaboration between JISC TechDis (the accessibility advisory service) and JISC's RSC Scotland South & West. JISC's open source software advisory service OSS Watch is now also getting involved with the project. Using open source and freeware applications packaged in this way, users can access assistive software in a flexible way without the stigma of using dedicated machines. The suite includes tools to make reading and writing easier and browsing more accessible, anywhere the user happens to be and on any machine

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