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A young woman just made history by becoming the first blind and Black barrister in Britain, an accomplishment that has been hailed as “very fantastic.”

23-year-old Jessikah Inaba graduated last week after five years of study at a London institution.

She completed her entire course in Braille, and she gives thanks to both her tutors and her friend for filling in the gaps.

Jess, who is completely blind, attended the University of Law – London Bloomsbury using Braille the entire time. In September 2017, she started her accelerated legal studies, and two years later, she started a master’s degree in addition to a course for professional growth.

Braille can be read on a specific screen, which normally shows one line at a time, or from books that have been carefully printed. She reported that in order to get one of her two crucial study resources so she could read it on her computer, it took her institution seven months and five months, respectively.

She added that because of the graphics and tables in the books, a lot of information was lost on her Braille screen.

She claimed that she accomplished the majority of her coursework by either having friends read books to her or making her own Braille materials from lecture notes.

When asked about her success, Jess said:

‘It’s been crazy – I still can’t really believe I’ve done it. One day I’ll wake up and realise how amazing this is.

‘It was hard and I often thought of giving up, but my supportive family gave me courage and strength.

‘I always believed in myself from the start – there’s nothing about me which means this isn’t possible.

‘I know I can do this job really well, and the more people like me who go through training the easier it will become.

‘It’s a really good feeling, I know I’m giving hope to others in similar situations to mine. There’s a triple-glazed glass ceiling.

‘I’m not the most common gender or colour, and I have a disability, but by pushing through I’m easing the burden on the next person like me.’

She mentioned that when a lack of books hindered her development, the institution set up one-on-one tutoring to assist her.

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