I’ve been reading lots of articles about how game designers, fashion designers, musicians, and other creative types are using Kickstarter to crowdfund various project, which got me thinking about how it could be used to fund accessible technology. And then I started thinking about the on-screen keyboard that I use to write things like this. It’s proprietary software that hasn’t been updated in several years and a single-user license costs $350. And then I thought about how many people with disabilities simply don’t have that kind of money to spend on adaptive software.
And then I thought that it would be great if there was an open-source, cross-platform on-screen keyboard with plenty of customization features that anyone could download for free.
And then I wondered if it would be possible to pay a talented programmer or two a few grand (or ten or twenty) to design something like that. And then I wondered if this could be funded via Kickstarter.
Thoughts? Do you think it would get funded? Would I be able to find reputable coders to work on something like this? I wouldn’t keep a dime, so I’m not interested in making a profit. It just seems like a cool project that could help people.