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Universal access logo The GNOME Accessibility project develops and fosters compelling free open source accessibility solutions for graphical user interfaces. Through a worldwide community of developers and users, we continue to empower everyone, regardless of physical or mental abilities.

In GNOME, accessibility is a core value that touches all aspects of the system. With a model of "built in" versus "bolted on", the GNOME Accessibility project has helped lead the industry in accessible design. From the infrastructure, to the graphical toolkit, to the applications, to the assistive technologies, accessibility has been a central consideration from the very early days. As a result, GNOME not only has compelling accessibility today, but it also provides a rich and stable base for future accessibility work.

Furthermore, through the generous contributions of volunteers on the GNOME Translation Teams, GNOME has been translated to many of the world's languages. As a result, people with disabilities around the world, who are often the people who can least afford commercial operating systems and accessibility solutions, can have access to a modern graphical desktop at only the cost of the hardware.


GNOME Desktop Accessibility Guide

The GNOME Desktop Accessibility Guide is for users, system administrators, and anyone else who is interested in how the GNOME Desktop supports people with disabilities from an end user point of view.

GNOME Accessibility Developer's Guide

The GNOME Accessibility Developer's Guide is for developers who want to ensure their programming efforts are accessible to the widest audience of users.

GNOME Documentation Library

The GNOME Documentation Library includes the accessibility user and developer documents listed above along with many other documents for users, developers, and system administrators. From here, you can also access the documentation translated into many different languages.


GNOME provides a comprehensive set of solutions for people who have difficulty using the system's input and output devices.

Demos and Talks

Please view our screencasts that demonstrate a subset of the GNOME Accessibility features.

We've also created a number of articles and talks over the years.


The GNOME Accessibility Team's Roadmap shows the ideas and hopes of GNOME contributors for the near future. Achieving these goals is highly dependent upon contributions from community members such as you. Please participate!

Bug Reports

Please take the time to report all bugs and feature requests in the GNOME Bugzilla Database. Your reports are very valuable: if we don't know about your thoughts, they may never get addressed.


The GNOME Accessibility project thrives on your feedback and involvement. Join us on the mailing list or in the #a11y chatroom on We are a friendly and welcoming group.