Re: [BCAB] FW: tablet compatibility Carr, Matthew 07 Nov 2012 08:54 GMT

Hi Clive

The Kindle Fire does have speech but it only works in books and
newspapers etc.  It will not allow the user to navigate through the
tablet.  The Kindle Fire is also very locked down and needs to have
access to a debit card and Amazon account to use any of the features.  I
don't think it would be suitable straight away without further
investigation with Amazon.  From my experience their helpdesk is very
knowledgeable and will have the answers or find them out for you if it
is a peculiar question.

As your colleague has stated the iPad has many accessibility features
and these are available out of the box.  The speech works across the
entire platform and with most apps.

There are of course other tablets on the market and all have their own
merits and pitfalls.

If you need any other help please let me know

Kind Regards

Matthew Carr
Digital Accessibility Assistant
RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People)

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces@lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of
Clive.Lever@kent.gov.uk
Sent: 06 November 2012 13:04
To: bcab@lists.bcab.org.uk
Cc: Elizabeth.Taylor@kent.gov.uk; Christel.Pobgee@kent.gov.uk
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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