At least the Kindle case is not as ridiculous as the recent ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) restaurants in San Diego are not ADA compliant because wheelchair-bound patrons cannot see their meals being made. This prevents them from “fully participating in the selection and preparation of their order.” We’re not joking. (This is the same 9th thats going to hear the Arizona Immigration case) How in the world did we come to this>>?? Where did these people come from?
The Civil Rights Division informed the schools they were under investigation. In subsequent talks, the Justice Department demanded the universities stop distributing the Kindle; if blind students couldn’t use the device, then nobody could. The Federation made the same demand in a separate lawsuit against Arizona State.
The Washington Examiner reports today on a promising new education program that provides Amazon (AMZN) Kindles to students to reduce paper use in universities — and how the the Department of Justice stepped in to squash it. The DOJ actually threatened to sue the schools, including Princeton, Arizona State and Case Western Reserve, to halt the programs because it decided the e-book reader does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Blind folks can’t see the gizmo’s– get it? Glad to know Eric Holder is on the job… sort of..