[Jayhawk-chapter] FW: National Federation of the Blind Commends Amazon on Unveiling of New Accessible Kindle
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Subject: National Federation of the Blind Commends Amazon on Unveiling of
New Accessible Kindle
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)
<mailto:cdanielsen at nfb.org> cdanielsen at nfb.org
National Federation of the Blind Commends Amazon
on Unveiling of New Accessible Kindle
Baltimore, Maryland (July 29, 2010): The National Federation of the Blind
(NFB) today commended Amazon on the unveiling of a new, accessible Kindle.
Amazon announced Wednesday that the new Kindle will come equipped with a
voice guide that reads all menu options aloud so blind and other
print-disabled people can navigate the device menus.
Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said:
"We commend Amazon on the unveiling of a new Kindle that blind and
print-disabled people can use. In order to compete in today's digital
society, blind and print-disabled people must be able to access the same
reading technologies as the sighted. The National Federation of the Blind
has long been urging Amazon to make its reading device accessible, and we
are pleased that our efforts have come to fruition."
In June 2009 the National Federation of the Blind and the American Council
of the Blind (ACB) filed suit against Arizona State University (ASU) to
prevent the university from deploying Amazon's Kindle DX electronic reading
device as a means of distributing electronic textbooks to its students
because the device cannot be used by blind students. The Kindle DX featured
text-to-speech technology that can read textbooks aloud to blind students.
The menus of the device were not accessible to the blind, however, making it
impossible for a blind user to purchase books from Amazon's Kindle store,
select a book to read, activate the text-to-speech feature, and use the
advanced reading functions available on the Kindle DX.
For more information on the National Federation of the Blind, please visit
www.nfb.org <http://www.nfb.org/> .
About the National Federation of the Blind
With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the
largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the
United States. The NFB improves blind people's lives through advocacy,
education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and
self-confidence. It is the leading force in the blindness field today and
the voice of the nation's blind. In January 2004 the NFB opened the
National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and
training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind.
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