Student who can’t move eyes
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.’’