Thursday 6 May 2010

Law schools charged with discriminating against blind students

The PR newswire reports that the National Federation of the Blind has filed complaints with the DOJ civil rights division against nine law schools. They accused the schools of violating the rights of blind would-be law students by using the Law School Admission Council's (LSAC) online application process. The 9 law schools are U. Chicago, Cardozo, John Marshall, U. of Denver, U. of Miami, Washington & Lee, William Mitchell, Gonzaga and Northeastern. According to the complaints the LSAC's streamlined online application system, which makes it easier to submit applications to different schools, is not compatible with software that vocalizes visual information or displays it in Braille for blind users. This means that blind users can't use the LSAC system without the assistance of a sighted person.

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