Accessibility of applications is required to ensure that Free Software can easily be used by people with disabilities . Prices of assistive technology software are extremely high . In many countries this means people are not able to afford the technology they would need to compensate their disability . In the more richer and socially oriented countries, this means that tax-payers money is used to buy expensive assistive technology software over and over again for people who need it . If Free Software were the predominant way of working with computers, people with disabilities in third-world countries could more easily gain access to information while the countries that do already financially support people with disabilities could massively cut down on their software costs .
Since 2003 Debian has a special internal project named Debian Accessibility Project. A mailinglist is used to cooridnate activities. There is also a list of software that is revelant to accessibility .