[blindLaw] Accommodations for bar exam

Sanho Steele-Louchart sanho817 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 31 02:01:14 UTC 2022


In my case, the accommodations request form wasn't even available on
their website. I dashed off an email to my board of bar examiners with
a list of what I needed and the fact that I'm blind. They wrote back
to ask if I'd test an electronic practice exam from the NCBE. They
delivered the practice exam. It worked perfectly. I showed up on the
first day of testing an hour early just in case, set up my computer
and headphones, and a sighted proctor sat with me all day to make sure
I didn't cheat. It could not have gone smoother. I can't say enough
good things about the accommodations request process for my state. It
was the first time in my life as a blind person that I was treated as
an equal in that process, and it allowed me to focus exclusively on
adequate preparation.

You might try the same. Fingers crossed!


On 10/30/22, Lauren Bishop via BlindLaw <blindlaw at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Good evening All,
> Have any of you had success with advocating for an accessible electronic
> version of your bar exam, and the ability to use jaws? I was looking at the
> Florida accommodations petition, and I noticed that the only formats that
> they listed or braille, large, print, or audio CD. The petition doesn’t say
> anything about the use of a screen reader, and, although I am proficient in
> braille, I need to be able to type my essays because I’ve never worked with
> a scribe before. Also, I use jaws more than I use braille, and in past
> standardized, test administrations, I have use the screen reader to take the
> test.   I’m also noticing that none of the petition documents are fillable I
> a person using a screen reader.
> If any of you have information regarding this, I would really appreciate it.
> Lauren.
> Sent from my iPhone
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