[nfb-talk] kindle debate

John G. Heim jheim at math.wisc.edu
Fri Jan 15 16:58:32 UTC 2010

Last night I was out with a friend of mine and he happened to mention the 
NFB lawsuit  against Arizona State University. He was kind of busting my 
chops about blind people trying to drag everyone down because they can't use 
the kindle.  I said that we are all in this together and that if blind 
students are left behind, it hurts us all. And he agreed with that.  But 
where things fell apart was when he then said that insetad of trying to keep 
the kindle out of the hands of sighted students, blind people should have 
tried to get Amazon to make the kindle accessible. It would be like if blind 
people tried to keep anyone from driving a car because they can't drive.

So what I need to prove to him is that Amazon could make the kindle 
accessible and chose not to. They had to be pressured into it by a lawsuit 
against ASU or they'd have never made it accessible. If I can provide 
evidence that companies typically won't lift a finger to make their products 
accessible unless they are forced to, that would do the trick.

Anybody know of examples like that? My idea is to bombard my buddy with 
examples of companies that scoffed at accessibility until they were forced 
to pay attention to it.

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