[Athen] Kindle Fire tablet accessibility

Poore-Pariseau, Cindy Cindy.Poore-Pariseau at bristolcc.edu
Thu Aug 27 06:59:30 PDT 2015

I am wondering (outloud) if progress has been made on Kindle accessibility. What makes me wonder about this is that I met with a blind student yesterday who prefers his texts as eTexts/PDFs, BUT for those we could not get as eTexts, his second choice was Amazon's Kindle version of the texts (for him, the Kindle versions are a better option than Learning Ally or Book share)

The fact is that ours [people with disabilities] is the only minority you can join involuntarily, without warning, at any time-Nancy Mairs, author

Cindy Poore-Pariseau, Ph. D.
Coordinator of Disability Services
Office of Disability Services, L115
Bristol Community College
Fall River, MA 02720

* Email: cindy.poore-pariseau at bristolcc.edu
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From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Gunderson, Jon R
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Here is a blog article from the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) dated 2013:



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Subject: [Athen] Kindle Fire tablet accessibility

Hello All,

I've been asked by administrators to review a Kindle Fire tablet for accessibility and present a report. Potential users are students. That's all the information I have.

I'm aware of the history of accessibility concerns with various Kindle products, but I'm not familiar with the Kindle Fire. What are the accessibility concerns for it, if any? What experiences have you had?


Dean Brusnighan
Assistive Technology Specialist
Purdue University, Young Hall
155 S. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2108
Phone: 765-494-9082
dabrus at purdue.edu<mailto:dabrus at purdue.edu>

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