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I don't... what? Why would he need to prove he's blind to begin with? Is a Braille test cheating or something? What the fuck good would a Braille test do a person pretending to be blind?! I can't even fucking fathom what happened here.

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1 hour ago, Xbob42 said:

I don't... what? Why would he need to prove he's blind to begin with? Is a Braille test cheating or something? What the fuck good would a Braille test do a person pretending to be blind?! I can't even fucking fathom what happened here.

 

A total lack of empathy happened. :flag_us_inverted:

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Unfortunately bullshit like this is pretty common. When I requested accommodations to take the GRE I submitted my "cripple letter" signed by one of the best specialists in SMA, but since the letter was 5 years old it was rejected because I "may have improved". That's not a thing with SMA (at least wasn't in 2011 and still isn't for SMA adults) and anyone evaluating accommodation letters should know that, SMA isn't rare. I had to go to Student Health and ask a random doctor (who initially confused SMA with MS...) to copy paste the letter with his signature. That was accepted. 

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4 minutes ago, Spawn_of_Apathy said:

Yeah, I’m pretty much gonna echo the sentiment of “what advantage does the Braille test give?”  
 

is the Braille test more expensive and they were being “fiscally responsible” by denying it with out proof? 
 

fucking stupid. 

 

Unbendable bureaucratic procedure which gives low level officials no discretion. There is no reason beyond that, it's that simple.

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43 minutes ago, Jwheel86 said:

Unbendable bureaucratic procedure which gives low level officials no discretion. There is no reason beyond that, it's that simple.

 

Is Braille technically considered English? I know ASL isn't English, for example. It definitely wouldn't surprise me if the English proficiency requirement wasn't written in a way that clearly allowed for something like Braille. 

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30 minutes ago, Jason said:

 

Is Braille technically considered English? I know ASL isn't English, for example. It definitely wouldn't surprise me if the English proficiency requirement wasn't written in a way that clearly allowed for something like Braille. 

 

No idea. There is no way this is the first guy needing a Braille test and there is no way Disability Rights Advocates would have allowed there not to be an exception to the requirement. Maybe the Braille test requires a contractor to grade it, but my guess is all test accommodations (scribe, dictation, extra time, environment, etc) allowed in the procedures are lumped together requiring the doctor's note. 

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"A spokesman for the USCIS told the Post that they began offering Braille tests in November, months after Mr Delgado sat for his exam.

A lawyer for Mr Delgado said the USCIS had contacted him since his story was first reported last week to offer him another appointment later this month." 

 

Sad a big story has to break to get anything done.  Another website also said the Braille test just wasn't available to give him. Seems like a weird oversight but doesn't surprise me. The "system" rarely accounts for special cases and if it does, it makes things twice as hard. 

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