Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sacramento library reaches settlement over e-book readers for blind - Sacramento Bee (blog)

The U.S. Justice Department announced today that it and the National Federation of the Blind have reached a settlement with the Sacramento Public Library Authority to supply e-book readers for the blind.

The settlement resolves allegations that the library violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by using "inaccessible" Barnes & Noble Nook electronic readers in the library lending program.

The settlement agreement calls for the library not to acquire any more e-readers that exclude the blind who need features such as text-to-speech functions or the ability to access menus through audio or touch options.

"Emerging technologies like e-readers are changing the way we interact with the world around us and we need to ensure that people with disabilities are not excluded from the programs where these devices are used," stated Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez in a press release.

The library has also agreed to acquire at least 18 e-readers that persons with disabilities can use.

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