The Department of Justice recently entered into settlement agreements with colleges and universities that used the Kindle as part of a pilot project. As a result, the universities agreed not to purchase, require, or recommend use of Kindle devices, or any other electronic book reader that is not accessible, unless reasonable accommodations are made. While many of these devices have a text-to-speech function, which “reads” on-screen print out loud, they lack menus and controls that individuals who are blind or have low vision can navigate.
As John Chambers, CEO, Cisco has often said, “Education and technology are the two great equalizers in life, leveling the playing field for everyone, especially the disabled”. Of course, it has to be the right technology.