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Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians agrees with National Federation of the Blind: No Access to New Kindle Fire

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

October 5, 2011 (Kelowna, BC) --- The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) agreed today with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), one of the leading organizations advocating for the rights of blind Americans. We echo the sentiments of the NFB; Amazon's Kindle Fire cannot be used by blind persons.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: "Blind Americans have repeatedly asked Amazon to include accessibility for the blind in its Kindle product line. The feasibility of including accessibility in similar products has been demonstrated. The Department of Education and the Department of Justice have made it clear that Kindle devices cannot be purchased by educational institutions, libraries, and other entities covered by this country's disability laws unless the devices are fully accessible."

AEBC's president Donna Jodhan agrees and adds: "We need to keep pushing for Amazon and others to make their devices fully accessible to all blind persons. It is really not that difficult for Amazon to do it."

Amazon continues to ignore the call to make their devices fully accessible.

The AEBC condemns technological discrimination and urges all blind, deaf/blind, and partially sighted Canadians to write to Amazon to demand that they change their policies immediately.

Nothing less than equal access to technology is acceptable to the AEBC and its members.


About the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), is a national organization of Canadians who are blind, deaf-blind, and partially-sighted persons. The AEBVC is in its 20th year and continues to advocate for the recognition, legitimization, and protection of the rights of its members as outlined under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

For more information, email Donna Jodhan or Cindy Ferguson or call 1-800-561-4774.