I got this from another list. -----Original Message----- From: Ray Campbell Sent: Monday, November 19, 2012 11:18 PM To: leadership@xxxxxxx ; 'acb-l' Subject: [acb-l] The Amazon Kindle School Deployment Issue Hello ACB Leaders and Members: There has been much recent discussion about Amazon.com's efforts to have the Kindle E-readers deployed in schools across the United States, possibly replacing textbooks and other printed materials. This stems from efforts by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) to generate large numbers of letters to Amazon which they plan to deliver to them in the near future opposing these efforts. NFB's view is the more letters they can present, the greater show of strength will be shown, and there's something to be said for that. We in ACB do not tell our members how to respond to efforts like this. Therefore, if any individuals are minded to put together a letter and send it to NFB as part of their efforts, he or she should feel free to do so. However, let me also suggest that it would be just as affective to draft your own letter on this issue, from you as an individual, your affiliate, your chapter or all of the above. Such a letter should be sent to Mr. Jeff Bezos, Chief Executive Officer Amazon.com Inc. 1200 12th Ave. South, Ste. 1200 Seattle, WA 98144 jeff@xxxxxxxxxxx I would suggest that some or all of the following talking points be addressed in your letter: 1. Any school or school district that participates in deployment of the Kindle risks violating the letter and spirit of the Individuals with Disabilities Educationn Act (IDEA) since the Kindle is not accessible to all students with visual impairments. 2. Deployment of inaccessible Kindles risks putting students with visual impairments further and further behind their sighted peers, as they will not have access to the same materials their peers are using. 3. Other devices, such as Apple's iPad, offer access to electronic materials and are fully accessible to all students with visual impairments. 4. While the Kindle's ability to play books audibly and its large print screens are good starts, it is still not fully accessible because it offers no voice output for menus and other controls and messages. Furthermore, it cannot interface with Braille displays or other adaptive technologies. Again, how each of you chooses to address the Amazon Kindle issue with regard to deployment in schools is up to you. The important thing is that we all address it. It is the future of children with visual impairments we are talking about. We cannot stand by and watch a company make efforts to deploy technology in schools that puts our kids further and further behind. Thank you for your time and attention to this issue. Ray Campbell, Chair, ACB Special Education Task Force Ray1530@xxxxxxxxxx _______________________________________________ Celebrating 75 years of serving the blind of California, we are the California Council of the Blind _______________________________________________ CCB-L mailing list CCB-L@xxxxxxxxxx http://ccbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/ccb-l Robert Acosta, President Helping Hands for the Blind Email: boacosta@xxxxxxxxxxx Web Site: www.helpinghands4theblind.org You can assist Helping Hands for the Blind by donating your used computers to us. If you have a blind friend in need of a computer, please mail us at the above address.