NFB Commends The New Accessible Kindle Reader

National Federation of the Blind Commends Amazon on Unveiling of New Accessible Kindle

Author: National Federation of the Blind
Published: 2010/07/31 - Updated: 2024/06/03
Publication Type: Announcement
Contents: Summary - Introduction - Main - Related

Synopsis: National Federation of the Blind commends Amazon on unveiling of the new Accessible Kindle. Amazon announced 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. 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.

Introduction

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) commended Amazon on the unveiling of a new, accessible Kindle. Amazon announced 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.

Main Digest

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.

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.

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