[Nfbnet-members-list] FW: MEDIA ADVISORY: Blind Americans to Protest Proposed Amazon Deal with New York City Schools

Kuhnke, Kristian KKuhnke at nfb.org
Thu Aug 20 15:21:02 UTC 2015


Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)
<mailto:cdanielsen at nfb.org>cdanielsen at nfb.org


Blind Americans to Protest Proposed Amazon Deal with New York City Schools
Deal Will Discriminate Against Blind Students

Date:               August 26, 2015

Time:              4:30–6:00 p.m.

Place:             M.S. 131
100 Hester Street
New York, NY 10002

On Wednesday, August 26, members of 
<http://www.nfb.org>the National Federation of 
the Blind will participate in a protest outside 
M.S. 131 in New York City, where the city school 
system’s Educational Policy Panel will meet later 
that evening to consider a proposed $30 million 
contract under which Amazon, Inc. would construct 
an electronic storefront for New York City 
schools and become the primary provider of 
electronic textbooks and related educational 
materials for students. Because Amazon’s e-books 
are not fully accessible to the blind, the 
protest will inform the Educational Policy Panel 
and the public that the deal would be an act of 
deliberate discrimination against blind students 
and faculty and a violation of federal law. Those 
participating in the protest will enter the 
formal meeting at 6:00 p.m., where blind 
students, teachers, and others will testify as to 
the inaccessibility of the Amazon products and 
the discriminatory effects the use of these 
products will have on blind students and faculty if the deal is approved.

For more information about this issue, please 
To request interviews and/or demonstrations of 
how Amazon’s technology fails blind students, 
please contact Chris Danielsen at (410) 262-1281 
or <mailto:cdanielsen at nfb.org>cdanielsen at nfb.org.


About the National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind knows that 
blindness is not the characteristic that defines 
you or your future. Every day we raise the 
expectations of blind people, because low 
expectations create obstacles between blind 
people and our dreams. You can live the life you 
want; blindness is not what holds you back.

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