July 22, 2011
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department has filed a brief on behalf of a blind Vermont Law School student suing for special accommodations that would allow her to take a legal ethics exam.
Deanna Jones, 44, of Middlesex, is suing the National Conference of Bar Examiners, saying it isn't providing the accommodations she needs to take the test.
The testing group has proposed having someone read the questions to her, but Jones wants permission to use special computer software she has used to help her read in law school.
In a brief filed Thursday, the Justice Department says the Americans with Disabilities Act requires not just reasonable accommodations to Jones but appropriate modifications or auxiliary aids so that the test can measure her aptitude and achievement.
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