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Thought LordGregGreg was going to get out of the third-party viewer biz after parting ways with the Emerald viewer team? Not so, folks.

This is a reprinted press-release. No endorsement or connection is implied. Not to be taken internally. Press Release

Virtual Ability Launches Project to Make Second Life® Viewer More Accessible

Virtual Ability, Inc. today announced the inauguration of a new project to help enhance the Second Life® viewer by making it more accessible to people with various disabilities.

Working in alignment with Linden Lab’s Snowstorm project, Virtual Ability will bring together Second Life® users with a range of physical disabilities, manufacturers of assistive technology, and the technical resources needed to make targeted improvements in the Second Life® viewer software.

Virtual Ability’s technical team for this project will be led by LordGregGreg Back, a veteran developer whose most recent contributions helped the Emerald Viewer become the most widely used third-party viewer for Second Life®.

Alice Krueger, President of Virtual Ability, Inc., said, “The improvements we plan to make will benefit thousands of people who use Second Life every day to help overcome their Real Life disabilities, as well as attract additional government, education, and enterprise users to the Second Life platform. We are very pleased and honored that Greg will be working with us on this important and exciting initiative.”

LordGregGreg states, “I will be able to continue working on open-source viewer development for Second Life, just focused in a way to make it more accessible to people who really need it.”

Virtual Ability, Inc. is a non-profit corporation based in Aurora, Colorado, dedicated to enabling people with a wide range of disabilities by providing a supporting environment for them to enter and thrive in online virtual worlds like Second Life®.

For more information on Virtual Ability, Inc., including the benefits of virtual reality for people with disabilities, please see www.VirtualAbility.org or contact Alice Krueger at akrueger@virtualability.org or in Second Life as Gentle Heron.

For more information about Linden Lab, Second Life®, and the Snowstorm project, please see www.secondlife.com and http://bit.ly/a8Qdf1

Virtual Ability, Inc. is a Non-Profit, Tax-Exempt Organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code
Please see our web site at www.VirtualAbility.org

For my money, Second Life and Linden Lab are really sloppy and half-hearted on accessibility issues. There are practical and reasonable limits, certainly, but past efforts with the official viewers and practices have barely scratched the surface of what is feasible and useful.

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