Braille Exams for AP Classes during COVID-19

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Kaleigh, 17 year old with long blond hair with hands on a braille notetaker and text, "Advocating for Braille"

Yes, we all know that COVID-19 flipped our world upside down; we are just learning more about the functional impact of the pandemic on students with visual impairments. The article, We Are Not Blind To Injustice. The 2020 College Board Experience, that was published on July 13, 2020 was the first that I personally heard about the issue of - and resolution for - AP exams being offered in braille.

The College Board handles not only the PSAT and SAT exams, but also Advanced Placement (AP classes) which are college classes offered for college credit to students in high school. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the College Board was forced to shorten and digitize exams. Because of these changes, the College board made a "no-braille" decision.

Kaleigh, a high school student, successfully collaborated with the National Federation for the Blind, lawyers and other students to advocate and negotiate with the College Board. Kaleigh shares her story on the Navigating Blindness website.