Re: [BCAB] FW: tablet compatibility Alan and Sheila Rayner 06 Nov 2012 13:46 GMT

Clive,

According to previous posts on the list, kindle fire has no speech, and I
think the only one with speech enabled is the kindle for pc from the
keyboard.

cheers

Alan Michael Rayner
----- Original Message -----
From: <Clive.Lever@kent.gov.uk>
To: <bcab@lists.bcab.org.uk>
Cc: <Elizabeth.Taylor@kent.gov.uk>; <Christel.Pobgee@kent.gov.uk>
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 1:04 PM
Subject: [BCAB] FW: tablet compatibility

> Hello all,
>
> I've received this enquiry from a colleague, wishing to make library
> services more accessible to disabled people in Kent.
>
> Any thoughts please? I think I may know some of the answers, but an
> overview would be helpful.
>
> Thanks,
> Clive
>
>
>
> Clive Lever
> Diversity and Equality Officer
> Kent County Council
>
> Office: 01622 221163
> Email: clive.lever@kent.gov.uk
>
>
> Kent County Council
> Room G37
> Sessions House
> Maidstone, Kent.
> ME14 1XQ
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Pobgee, Christel - CC CS
> Sent: 06 November 2012 12:37
> To: Lever, Clive - CC CE
> Subject: tablet compatibility
>
> Clive,
>
> A few colleagues and I are currently investigating the potential to lend
> internet-enabled tablet devices. Initially this would be on a fixed
> term-basis to homebound library customers (allied with the help of an IT
> volunteer) to get them engaged with IT and introduce them to our online
> services and resources. E.g. show them how to download eBooks or use our
> online catalogue to choose their own books (currently done for them). This
> would initially be a small pilot but I want the device to be accessible to
> the widest range of customers possible.
>
> I know iPads have a number of accessibility features, but are you aware of
> others that may be as good or better in terms of accessibility? Do you
> know if the Kindle Fire is as bad as its predecessors in that respect? I
> looked at RNIB and KAB sites and couldn't find anything up-to-date.
>
> I'd appreciate your opinion.
>
> Many thanks
>
> Christel Pobgee
> Information Services and Digital Inclusion Manager Libraries, Registration
> & Archives Kent County Council Gibson Drive, West Malling ME19 4AL
> Internal: 7000 5218
> External: 01622 605218
> www.kent.gov.uk/libraries
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Taylor, Elizabeth - CC CS
> Sent: 04 July 2012 11:16
> To: Pobgee, Christel - CC CS
> Subject: FW: [BCAB] NFB, WBU, Daisy,Daisy forum of India and south Africa
> lay official complaintagainst State Dept over Kindle
>
> Hi Christel
>
> Clive sent this to me last week, food for thought if Kindles ever become
> compatible with our system.
>
> Liz
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lever, Clive - CC CE
> Sent: 28 June 2012 12:12
> To: Taylor, Elizabeth - CC CS
> Subject: FW: [BCAB] NFB, WBU, Daisy,Daisy forum of India and south Africa
> lay official complaintagainst State Dept over Kindle
>
> Hello Liz,
>
> I thought this may just be of some interest to you, in case we encourage
> the use of Kindles among library users in the future.
>
> Regards,
> Clive
>
>
>
>
> Clive Lever
> Diversity and Equality Officer
> Kent County Council
>
> Office: 01622 221163
> Email: clive.lever@kent.gov.uk
>
>
> Kent County Council
> Room 2.35A
> Sessions House
> Maidstone, Kent.
> ME14 1XQ
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces@lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Chris
> Friend
> Sent: 28 June 2012 00:34
> To: BCAB Discussion List
> Subject: [BCAB] NFB, WBU, Daisy,Daisy forum of India and south Africa lay
> official complaintagainst State Dept over Kindle
>
> Hi Listers,
>
> Today these five organisations made a class action complaint against the
> US State Department who intended to use inaccessible Kindles in a global
> distribution through their Embassies and overseas Libraries.
>
> Last year they piloted the project with the distribution of 6000
> inaccessible Kindles and were to follow this up with a further 35,000 this
> year in a 16M dollar programme.  But although they had requested TTS, they
> had not insured that the Kindles were menu accessible.
>
> State Dept's actions are contrary to the US Rehabilitation Act and
> contrary to their own department's Procurement guidelines actioned to
> comply with that Act.
>
> If anyone is interested in the full Class Action complaint or the NFB
> Press Release please mail me off line and I can send either or both
> documents.
>
> This potentially has a bearing on us all getting the final accessibility
> step out of amazon as even if the State Dept decides to cancel their 35k
> forward plans they will still have to answer the retrospective angle of
> the 6k Kindles distributed worldwide last year.  And amazon will probably
> charge State Dept for their development work and hopefully since they do
> not have to pay for it we might get it  done once and for all.
>
> Chris
>
> Christopher Friend
> WBU Strategic Objective Leader - Accessibility Chair WBU Global Right to
> Read Campaign Programme Development Advisor Sightsavers
> T: +44 1444 446663; M: +44 7919 552 170
> E:  cfriend@sightsavers.org
>
>
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