[nfb-talk] Fwd: National Federation of the Blind CommendsAmazon on Unveiling of New Accessible Kindle

Sherri flmom2006 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 30 12:12:12 CDT 2010


Now what about getting publishers to unlock their books?
Sherri
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>A suggestion for forwarded press releases and emails. install a free 
>program called Email Stripper that cleans up all of the > signs that are 
>read by screen readers in emails and makes the forwarded press release look 
>like the original.
> Chuck
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> From: "David Andrews" <dandrews at visi.com>
> To: <david.andrews at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2010 10:28 AM
> Subject: [nfb-talk] Fwd: National Federation of the Blind Commends Amazon 
> on Unveiling of New Accessible Kindle
>
>
>>
>>>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>CONTACT:
>>>
>>>Chris Danielsen
>>>
>>>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 <http://www.nfb.org/>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.
>>
>>         David Andrews and long white cane Harry, dandrews at visi.com
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