The Florida Board of Bar Examiners petitioned the Supreme Court of Florida to amend the Supreme Court Rules for Admission to the Florida Bar. In pertinent part, the amendment to rule 4-17.1 “Accommodations” stated that “In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), test accommodations are provided by the board at no additional cost to applicants.” Other significant amendments included combining the applications for taking the bar exam and for admission to the bar into one application, and requiring that all applications are completed and submitted online.
The Court adopted the proposed amendments, which will take effect on May 1, 2008.
With this decision, the Court acknowledges its obligations under Title II of the ADA to ensure that qualified bar applicants with disabilities enjoy equal participation in the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Florida State Bar.
This requirement may pose barriers to applicants with visual impairments if the Florida Supreme Court website does not meet minimum accessibility guidelines.