Feds: Colleges Must Have Blind-Friendly Gadgets

Published June 29, 2010

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal officials are requiring colleges that use Kindles and other electronic book readers in the classroom to make sure the gadgets have accommodations for blind and vision-impaired students.

The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education sent a letter to college and university presidents Tuesday instructing them to find alternatives for blind students if the devices are required in the classroom. Forcing a blind student to use an e-book reader that isn't set up for vision impairment is a violation of federal law.

The letter comes six months after three universities testing Amazon's Kindle in the classroom struck a deal with the Justice Department and agreed to shelve the electronic book readers until they are fully functional for blind students.

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Online:

U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov

Written by DORIE TURNER,Associated Press Writer

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