We received the following alert from our friend Pat Hill who is a Boston based disability rights advocate and a fellow graduate of Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
“Some of you may be aware of a new wireless E-book available by Amazon which allows the reader to view from a selection of over 240,000 books electronically via a single slim device that receives books sent over Sprint’s wireless network.
If it had been designed with all users in mind, there might have been some audio outputs built in so it would have all menu choices spoken with voice prompts.
However, this $359+ device has menus that are not accessible to people with low or no vision or people who like audio prompts generally. Note that the device does “read aloud”.
There is an online petition being sent to Amazon about the inaccessible menus. Please sign it! I saw only 82 signatures last time I looked!
When I read these kinds of calls to action I’m reminded of Groucho Marx who famously said: “Outside of a dog a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog its too dark to read.”