La Federazione Nazionale dei Ciechi denuncia che l’uso di Kindle di Amazon nelle scuole discrimina gli studenti ciechi.
By Sarah Bayliss on December 5, 2012 3 Comments From SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
National Federation of the Blind to Take Protest to Amazon, Denouncing School Kindle Use as Discriminatory to Blind Students
Per anni, la Federazione Nazionale dei Ciechi (NFB), ha chiesto ai rappresentanti Amazon di rendere i loro eReader Kindle accessibili alle persone non vedenti e ipovedenti. Frustrati da ciò che ritengono una risposta inaccettabile da parte di Amazon che ha ottenuto l’adozione di ebook Kindle da parte delle scuole, i funzionari di NFB protesteranno fuori della sede di Seattle di Amazon
For years, representatives from the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) have been urging Amazon representatives to make their Kindle ereaders accessible to people who are blind and have low vision. Frustrated by what they say is an unacceptable response by Amazon and galvanized by the retail giant’s push for Kindle ebooks adoption by schools, NFB officials will protest outside Amazon’s Seattle headquarters on December 12 at 11:00 am.
At issue is the fact that while blind students can listen to Kindle content with the devices’ text-to-speech technology, Kindles don’t enable them to perform research functions on their own while reading, like checking spelling and punctuation, highlighting passages, and finding things in the dictionary, all of which are available to sighted students using Kindles, says NFB spokesperson Chris Danielsen.
“Amazon has repeatedly demonstrated utter indifference to the recommendations of blind Americans for full accessibility of its Kindle ebooks and failed to follow the best practices of other e-book providers,” NFB president Marc Maurer said in a statement released to press and posted on the NFB site. “Blind Americans will not tolerate this behavior any longer. While we urge Amazon to correct the many obvious deficiencies in its implementation of accessibility and remain willing to work with the company to help it do so, we will oppose the integration of these products into America’s classrooms until Amazon addresses these deficiencies. Putting inaccessible technology in the classroom not only discriminates against blind students and segregates them from their peers, but also violates the law. …