[Nfbnet-members-list] Inaccessible Kindle Books and K-12 Schools
dandrews at visi.com
Wed Nov 21 19:28:07 UTC 2012
Dear Fellow Federationists:
This e-mail provides logistical details for our Amazon protest scheduled
for Wednesday, December 12. Subsequent e-mails will provide additional
Amazon.com is undertaking a massive effort to incorporate inaccessible
Kindle books into K-12 schools across the United States. They have built
a system called Whispercast that allows teachers and school
administrators to distribute Kindle content to devices other than
Kindles. The problem with all of these plans is that the Kindle books
are not accessible to students who are blind. Since school districts
have an obligation under federal law to purchase or deploy only
accessible technology and content, Amazon must either make Kindle books
accessible or cease and desist from its efforts to have them used in the
We will provide signs, flyers, and chants for the protest. We will also
be delivering letters from blind students, parents, and friends to Mr.
Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, as part of the protest. You are
urged to send these letters to Chris Danielsen before December 1 at the
Jernigan Institute. You are also urged to send us a YouTube video of
the student reading the letter.
Date: Wednesday, December 12
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Protest Location (Amazon Headquarters): 426 Terry Avenue North Seattle,
Pre-meeting: For those of you who can make it, we will have a final
briefing the day of the protest at the hotel listed below at 8:30 AM.
Protest day schedule:
8:30-9:30AM Pre-briefing at the hotel
10:30AM Line up and depart hotel
11:00AM Protest begins
Dress: Professional attire is preferred but be sure to wear comfortable
shoes and clothes appropriate for marching outdoors for two hours.
Hotel: We'll be staying at the Holiday Inn Seattle, located at 211
Dexter Ave North in the Seattle's South-Lake Union neighborhood only a
couple blocks from the protest location. As a result of the event being
so soon, we have decided not to negotiate a room block. The Holiday
Inn's website is currently quoting a standard nonsmoking room with two
queen beds at $124 per night. Please make your reservations as soon as
possible by calling (206) 728-8123 or by visiting
Airport/Transportation: Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA) is the
closest airport to the hotel.
Taxi Charge (one way) from SEA: $ 45.00 USD
Time by Taxi: 20 minutes
Take I-5 Northbound to exit 167 (Mercer St). At the end of the exit you
will turn left onto Fairview Ave. Follow Fairview Ave to Denny Way and
turn right on Denny Way. Follow Denny Way to Dexter Ave. and turn right
on Dexter Ave. N. It's on the left.
I look forward to seeing you in Seattle.
John G. Paré Jr.
Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
200 East Wells Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Telephone: (410) 659-9314, ext. 2227
Cell phone: (410) 917-1965
Fax: (410) 685-5653
Email: jpare at nfb.org <blocked::mailto:jpare at nfb.org>
Follow me on Twitter @dandrews920
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