[nfb-talk] kindle debate

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Mon Jan 18 03:25:27 UTC 2010

There is, of course the infamous Target lawsuit.  We brought access 
problems with the site to their attention, and they refused to fix 
them.  So we had to sue, and now they have or are fixing.


At 10:58 AM 1/15/2010, you wrote:
>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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