Stu­dent who can’t move eyes

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - KAY DIBBEN

A YOUNG woman with a ge­netic eye dis­abil­ity is con­sid­er­ing fil­ing a dis­crim­i­na­tion claim, in a des­per­ate bid to be al­lowed to grad­u­ate from uni­ver­sity and be­come a teacher.

Jessie Wil­son, 21, who has never been able to move her eyes, says she has twice failed a two-hour com­puter-based lit­er­acy test, which she must pass to be a pri­mary school teacher.

She says read­ing the online text, even after be­ing al­lowed to zoom in and given 20 min­utes ex­tra time, still put her at a dis­ad­van­tage to oth­ers, be­cause it put too much strain on her eyes.

She asked au­thor­i­ties if she could use a printed exam pa­per, in a large font size but the Aus­tralian Catholic Uni­ver­sity Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion stu­dent was told it was only a com­puter-based exam.

“I want to be­come a pri­mary school teacher and work in spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion. It’s al­ways been my pas­sion,’’ Ms Wil­son said.

“I don’t feel that a dis­abil­ity should be a bar­rier.

“I’m happy to sit the exam again, as long as I’m given spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion, to even it up with ev­ery­one else.’’

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