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January 13, 2010

DOJ Reaches Settlements Regarding Use of Electronic Book Readers

A DOJ Press Release reports on the Justice Department reaching "separate agreements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Pace University in New York City and Reed College in Portland, Ore., regarding the use in a classroom setting of the electronic book reader, the Kindle DX, a hand-held technological device that simulates the experience of reading a book."  The release states: 

"Under the agreements reached today, the universities generally will not purchase, recommend or promote use of the Kindle DX, or any other dedicated electronic book reader, unless the devices are fully accessible to students who are blind and have low vision. The universities agree that if they use dedicated electronic book readers, they will ensure that students with vision disabilities are able to access and acquire the same materials and information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as sighted students with substantially equivalent ease of use. The agreements that the Justice Department reached with these universities extend beyond the Kindle DX to any dedicated electronic reading device."

This serves as a reminder that accommodations need to be considered and made if using an electronic reading device in classes.

ellen s. podgor

January 13, 2010 in Books, Technology -- in general | Permalink


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Wow, this is the first time I read about this. Earlier commenters at http://www.volokh.com had indicated that the Kindle was great because blind persons could read (through the text to speech function) materials that they otherwise would've been unable to read or would have required substantial and costly accomodations to read. I wonder how DOJ and the parties considered the possible benefits of these innovative devices. Thanks for posting this.

Posted by: GSM | Jan 13, 2010 10:18:12 PM

One is torn, here.

One is delighted when these criminal cult enterprise indoctrination camps, the law schools, get a taste of their own medicine. The law school curriculum is totally biased. It is basically a Mein Kampf for the plaintiff bar. It is great to see them become defendants.

One is disappointed, these schools did not resist the even more vile federal thugs that spend our money to further their careers with easy matters, on trivial lawyer gotchas on behalf of appalling plaintiffs, such as a blind law student. Meanwhile, terrorists are nearly immunized by these internal traitors, just as our warrior heroes are falsely prosecuted.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jan 15, 2010 8:22:00 PM

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