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New computerised assessments for visually impaired students in the US

Visually impaired students in the United States will now be able to take tests online just like other students. The Northwest Evaluation Association has taken steps to assess academic progress by allowing visually impaired students to take the tests on computers.

From this year end, visually impaired students can take the test with devices that convert computer text into braille characters, along with mouse-free keyboard navigation, Text magnification and color contrast software. Their screen readers can also describe images that show up on the test. The program was tested in the schools at Arizona and North Carolina last year.

It is hoped that instead of using bulky braille textbooks, the new method will be more convenient for visually impaired students.

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