Two universities have stated they will not use the device unless changes to it are made.
San Francisco (WiredPRNews.com) – Two schools are reportedly refusing widespread use of the Amazon Kindle due to limitations the devices pose for individuals who are visually impaired. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Syracuse University are not expected to purchase additional Kindle readers for students until it is equipped with better accessibility for visually impaired students.
Chris Danielsen, a spokesman for the National Federation for the Blind, is quoted by the AP as stating of the schools’ decisions, “These universities are saying, `Our policy is nondiscrimination, so we’re not going to adopt a technology we know for sure discriminates against blind students.”
As noted in the report, Amazon has stated that they are currently working to make their device easier to navigate for customers who are visually impaired.