Thursday, August 25, 2011

Blind law student wins lawsuit

This is another item that came in the NFB's Imagineering newsletter. I can't remember where I subscribed to this newsletter, but it's a good one. Perhaps if you dig around on the NFB's Website, you'll find it -

Blind Law Student Wins Case

On July 5, Deanna Jones, a blind student at Vermont Law School, filed a complaint in federal court against the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and ACT, Inc., for violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ms. Jones was registered to take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), which is part of the requirements for obtaining a law license in Vermont. The complaint was filed because the NCBE and ACT, Inc., refused to make the MPRE accessible to Ms. Jones, who is blind and has a learning disability. On August 2, a judge ruled that Ms. Jones be allowed to take the MPRE on a laptop equipped with screen access software. For more information on this important victory for Ms. Jones and for all blind people, please read the Associated Press article “Legally Blind Vermont Law Student Wins 1st Big Case.”

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