This is a new project, definitely in the alpha state of development, but based on fairly mature technology from IBM. The link above will take you to the page at Freshmeat which announces the project. IBM's homepage for the project is here.
During the public fracas over Massachusetts' adoption of Open Document Format (ODF) it was pointed out that with a requirement for ODF, visually handicapped citizens would lose access to Microsoft's accessibility functions, arguably the best extant. This release is part of IBM's effort to redress the balance. Expect also to see speech to text apps flow from this same release, though at a later date.