This seems like one big disappointment! ------------------------------ Chip Orange Database Administrator Florida Public Service Commission Chip.Orange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (850) 413-6314 (Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Florida Public Service Commission.) > -----Original Message----- > From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Lynn Evans > Sent: Monday, January 11, 2010 11:48 AM > To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: [tabi] Fw: [Tektalkdiscussion] Settlement in Kindle lawsuit > > FYI > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: Bob Acosta <mailto:boacosta@xxxxxxxxxxx> > To: Bob Acosta <mailto:boacosta@xxxxxxxxxxx> > Sent: Monday, January 11, 2010 10:09 AM > Subject: [Tektalkdiscussion] Settlement in Kindle lawsuit > > > Blindness Organizations and Arizona State University > > Resolve Litigation over Kindle > > > > PHOENIX, January 11, 2010 - The American Council of the Blind > (ACB), the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), and > Arizona State University (ASU), today announced a settlement > agreement resolving litigation filed by NFB and ACB against > the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) and ASU. The lawsuit > arose from the university's participation in a pilot program > using the Kindle DX, a dedicated device for reading > electronic books, or e-books, developed by Amazon.com, Inc. > The NFB and ACB alleged that the Kindle DX was inaccessible > to blind students and thus violated federal law. ABOR and > ASU denied and continue to deny any violations of the law. > > > > The settlement agreement among the parties was reached in > light of several factors, including: (1) ASU's commitment to > providing access to all programs and facilities for students > with disabilities, including students who are blind or have > low vision; (2) the fact that the pilot program will end in > the spring of 2010; (3) Amazon and others are making > improvements to and progress in the accessibility of e-book > readers; and (4) the university's agreement that should ASU > deploy e-book readers in future classes over the next two > years, it will strive to use devices that are accessible to the blind. > > > > The United States Department of Justice is also a party to > the agreement, which does not involve the payment of any > damages or attorney's fees or costs. > > > > Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the > Blind, said: "The National Federation of the Blind is pleased > with this settlement, which we believe will help to ensure > that new technologies create new opportunities for blind > students rather than new barriers." > > > > Mitch Pomerantz, President of the American Council of the > Blind, expressed support by commenting: "I believe this > settlement between Arizona State University and the two major > national consumer-advocacy organizations of blind and > visually impaired persons will encourage the industry to > develop fully accessible e-book readers in the near future." > > > > ### > > ________________________________ > > _______________________________________________ > announce mailing list > announce@xxxxxxx > http://www.acb.org/mailman/listinfo/announce > > > > ________________________________ > > _______________________________________________ > acb-l mailing list > acb-l@xxxxxxx > http://www.acb.org/mailman/listinfo/acb-l > > > ________________________________ > > _______________________________________________ > Tektalkdiscussion mailing list > Tektalkdiscussion@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx > http://accessibleworld.org/mailman/listinfo/tektalkdiscussion_ > accessibleworld.org > > Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.