[nobe-l] Kindle DX issue

Carol Castellano carol_castellano at verizon.net
Tue Jun 2 16:55:08 UTC 2009

>Dear Fellow Federationists:
>  The National Federation of the Blind would like to know if you are 
> currently studying at any of the following institutions, if you 
> will be studying at these institutions as of the fall of 2009, or 
> if you know an individual who is or will be.  The institutions are 
> Princeton University, Reed College, Case Western Reserve 
> University, Arizona State University, Pace University, and 
> University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.  These six 
> colleges and universities are planning to engage in a pilot project 
> using Amazon's new Kindle DX electronic reading device to 
> distribute electronic textbooks.  This device is not accessible to 
> the blind, nor is it likely to be accessible by the fall of 
> 2009.  The Kindle DX features many advanced reading functions that 
> will be of help to students; however, if blind students do not have 
> access to this technology, they will be at a further competitive 
> disadvantage relative to their sighted peers.  For this reason, we 
> are attempting to resolve this issue and need to know of any blind 
> students who will be affected.
>In a similar matter, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = 
>"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Northwest Missouri 
>State University plans to roll out a different, but also 
>inaccessible, electronic textbook system for all of its students in 
>the fall of 2009.  We would appreciate any information about any 
>blind students studying at this institution.
>If you are an affected student or know of one, please contact Chris 
>Danielsen at the National Federation of the Blind headquarters in 
>Baltimore.  You can call Chris at (410) 659-9314, extension 2330, or 
>e-mail him at <mailto:cdanielsen at nfb.org>cdanielsen at nfb.org.
>Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
>Carol Castellano, President
>National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
>carol_castellano at verizon.net

Carol Castellano, President
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
carol_castellano at verizon.net

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