Disability rights advocates press for accessible technology

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Jordan Moon graduated from Arizona State University last year with a lesson that may outlast his journalism and political science degrees: how to get help.

As a visually impaired student, some assignments, like newspaper designs, were nearly impossible to complete on his own.

"There are a lot of times where materials are way too print-featured and graphic-oriented that you have no choice but to get an aide," says Moon, who is legally blind. "Braille and software technology can only do so much."

ASU's disability resource center handled Moon's academic needs but he had to rely on third-party vendors to purchase big technology items, such as a laptop or Braille note-taking device.

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