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Judge rules in favor of visually impaired test taker.

In San Francisco, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer recently ordered a national bar exam organization to allow a blind law school graduate, Stephanie Enyart, to use specialized software that will enlarge and read the text of the test. In his ruling, Judge Breyer indicated, "A disability should not prevent an individual from pursuing their dream.... "The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) argued that Ms. Enyart's plan to use software while taking the test would endanger the security of the material. The company offered to make other accommodations to Ms. Enyart, including a human reader, a scribe to write down her answers, magnified text, or braille, but Ms. Enyart argued successfully that she needed the combination of visual and auditory assistance provided by the software, because she grew up learning to read visually and has not learned how to rely solely on her hearing to process information. Mare Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, which supported the lawsuit, hailed the ruling: "We hope that this ruling will cause the NCBE to think long and hard before it denies the requested accommodations of applicants to take its examinations." For more information, contact: National Federation of the Blind, 200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230; web site: <www.nfb.org>.

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Title Annotation:Access
Publication:Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 1, 2010
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