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Claim: Google Apps for Education inaccessible to blind students

National group charges that Google’s educational material violates the Americans with Disabilities act

A Google official pledged to make its applications more accessible to blind students.

An advocacy group has filed a complaint with the federal government accusing New York University (NYU) and Northwestern University of discriminating against the blind by adopting Google’s eMail program.

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) said March 15 that Gmail and other Google applications used by the schools aren’t fully functional with text-to-speech technology, and their adoption violates the Americans with Disabilities act.

The Baltimore-based group is asking that the Justice Department investigate. It also wants colleges to halt adoption of such software until it’s accessible to everyone.

Both schools recently adopted Google Apps for Education for campus eMail and other services.

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  1. kevinsmith5

    March 17, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Since blind students usually have a seperate text to speech program installed on their computers that read whatever text is displayed automaticlly, this suit seems a bit suspiscious.

  2. kevinsmith5

    March 17, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Since blind students usually have a seperate text to speech program installed on their computers that read whatever text is displayed automaticlly, this suit seems a bit suspiscious.