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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

US DOJ: Kindle in classroom hurts blind students

US DOJ: Kindle in classroom hurts blind students

This is so DAMN STUPID!  Trust me, neither John, nor Sarah, nor I write about a world this stupid in the future!  (right you two?)

This makes as much sense as taking books away from sighted students because the blind students have braille, speech to text (INCLUDED IN THE KINDLE!) and who knows what else.

Here is a taste from the link at the top:

Three U.S. universities will stop promoting the use of Amazon.com's Kindle DX e-book reader in classrooms after complaints that the device doesn't give blind students equal access to information.
Settlements with Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Pace University in New York City and Reed College in Portland, Oregon, were announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice. The National Federation of the Blind and the American Council of the Blind had complained that use of the Kindle devices discriminates against students with vision problems.
The complaints about the Kindle were based on the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability.
The three universities were among six schools participating in an Amazon.com pilot program testing the use of the Kindle DX in classrooms. On Monday, a fourth participating school, Arizona State University, also reached a settlement with the DOJ and the two organizations representing the blind.
Three other schools announced in late 2009 they will not deploy Kindle in classrooms.
The Kindle DX has the capability to convert text to synthesized speech, but the device does not include text-to-speech functionality for its menu and navigational controls, the DOJ said in a press release. Some reviewers and users of the device's text-to-speech software have also said the speech is difficult to listen to and the conversion can be inaccurate.

On second though, in the 2030s future world of Suki and John, this might be the case in DC and other similar places, but NOT in Virginia!

;)

Bonus update: Slashdot coverage here.


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