BERKELEY, Calif., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A blind law school graduate in Berkeley, Calif., said she is suing the National Conference of Bar Examiners in order to take the bar exam using adaptive tools.
Stephanie Enyart, who works for Disability Rights Advocates in Berkeley, said the bar examiners organization repeatedly denied her request to use a screen magnifier titled ZoomText while taking the bar exam, the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News said Monday.
The organization did give the University of California, Los Angeles law school graduate permission to use the audio text reader, JAWS, during the examination.
Enyart, who obtained permission to use both ZoomText and JAWS from the California Bar Association, maintains she needs both tools to take the bar exam to the best of her ability.
"It's like if a person is running a marathon who wears size 8 shoes, and they say they'll give you shoes, but they're size 5," she said of the possibility of just using JAWS. "It just doesn't work for me."
Scott Labarre, president of the National Association of Blind Lawyers, supports Enyart's request to use both technological aids.
"In my view, it's a very reasonable accommodation. Today most blind students go through law school using a variety of technology," he told the Mercury News.