[Ohio-talk] FW: [Nfbnet-members-list] FW: MEDIA ADVISORY: Blind Americans to Protest Proposed Amazon Deal with New York City Schools

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
CONTACT:
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)
cdanielsen at nfb.org <mailto:cdanielsen at nfb.org> 


 


MEDIA ADVISORY


 


Blind Americans to Protest Proposed Amazon Deal with New York City Schools
Deal Will Discriminate Against Blind Students

 
 
Date :               August 26, 2015
 
Time :              4:30-6:00 p.m.
 
Place :             M.S. 131
100 Hester Street
New York, NY 10002
 
 
On Wednesday, August 26, members of the National Federation of the Blind
<http://www.nfb.org>  will participate in a protest outside M.S. 131 in New
York City, where the city school system's Educational Policy Panel will meet
later that evening to consider a proposed $30 million contract under which
Amazon, Inc. would construct an electronic storefront for New York City
schools and become the primary provider of electronic textbooks and related
educational materials for students. Because Amazon's e-books are not fully
accessible to the blind, the protest will inform the Educational Policy
Panel and the public that the deal would be an act of deliberate
discrimination against blind students and faculty and a violation of federal
law. Those participating in the protest will enter the formal meeting at
6:00 p.m., where blind students, teachers, and others will testify as to the
inaccessibility of the Amazon products and the discriminatory effects the
use of these products will have on blind students and faculty if the deal is
approved.
 
For more information about this issue, please visit
https://nfb.org/blog/vonb-blog/we-must-stop-amazon-fail. To request
interviews and/or demonstrations of how Amazon's technology fails blind
students, please contact Chris Danielsen at (410) 262-1281 or
cdanielsen at nfb.org <mailto:cdanielsen at nfb.org> .

 
 
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About the National Federation of the Blind

 

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the
characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the
expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles
between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want;
blindness is not what holds you back.
 
 
 

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