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Documentation for Physical Disabilities

Overview

For candidates requesting accommodations based upon a visual, hearing or other physical impairment, NCEES requires documentation from a qualified professional that describes the impairment and its functional impact on the candidate. This documentation serves three purposes:

  • To establish that the candidate can be considered a person with a disability.
  • To supplement information from the candidate regarding the impact of his or her impairment(s).
  • To inform the determination of reasonable accommodations, when warranted, designed to facilitate equal access to the examination on a case-by-case basis.

Documentation needs to include:

  • A diagnosis of the relevant impairment
  • A description of the current impact of the impairment on the candidate, with a specific focus on barriers that the candidate encounters in a testing environment
  • A discussion of whether the impairment is permanent or temporary

Documentation needs to be from a qualified healthcare provider and include the provider’s:

  • Contact information
  • License number
  • Signature or electronic signature

Documentation may include — but is not limited to — one or more of the following, as necessary to provide the information requested above:

  • NCEES Healthcare Provider Form
  • Letter on a qualified provider’s professional letterhead
  • Official summary or report from a visit to healthcare provider
  • Audiogram
  • Results from a comprehensive eye exam
  • Documentation of accommodations received in any academic context
  • Documentation of accommodations received in any employment context
  • Documentation of accommodations received on other standardized tests

Documentation should address your current functional limitations:

The functional impact of many physical impairments changes over time. Therefore, the documentation that you provide from your qualified healthcare professional generally should reflect an evaluation done within five years of the date on which you submit your request for accommodations. If you have a physical impairment whose functional impact does not change appreciably over time, however, older documentation may be provided.

Documentation for a Learning Disability

Overview

Specific Learning Disabilities are a group of neurologically based difficulties that negatively impact a person’s ability to demonstrate specific academic skills. In the examination setting, these disabilities may interfere with reading, writing, concentrating, or computation. Such difficulties are not a reflection on a person’s overall intellectual ability.

For candidates requesting accommodations based upon a learning disability, NCEES requires documentation from a qualified professional that describes the impairment and its functional impact on the candidate. This documentation serves three purposes:

  • To establish that the candidate can be considered a person with a disability.
  • To supplement information from the candidate regarding the impact of his or her impairment(s).
  • To inform the determination of reasonable accommodations, when warranted, designed to facilitate equal access to the examination on a case-by-case basis.

Documentation needs to include:

  • A DSM-5 or ICD diagnosis of a learning disability and/or clinically significant results as demonstrated in psycho-educational test scores (If psycho-educational testing is included, it should be performed at the adult level)
  • A description of the current impact of the impairment(s) on the candidate, with a specific focus on barriers that the candidate encounters in a testing environment

Documentation needs to be from a qualified healthcare provider and include the provider’s:

  • Contact information
  • License number
  • Signature or electronic signature

Documentation may include — but is not limited to — one or more of the following, as necessary to provide the information requested above:

  • Letter on a qualified provider’s professional letterhead
  • Copies of any Section 504 Plan or IEP
  • K-12 Summaries of Performance
  • Psycho-educational evaluation (Psychometric test results from general measures of aptitude and academic achievement)
  • Documentation of accommodations received in any academic context
  • Documentation of accommodations received in any employment context
  • Documentation of accommodations received on other standardized tests

Documentation should address your current functional limitations:

Documentation from your qualified professional generally should reflect an evaluation done within five years of the date on which you submit your request for accommodations. Earlier documentation may also be submitted to supplement a more recent evaluation.

Because learning disabilities are lifelong impairments, academic records can also be helpful in establishing a need for accommodations and may be submitted with your request for accommodations. Examples of such records include transcripts, report cards, letters from teachers, and score reports from other standardized tests.

Documentation for Psychological Disabilities

Overview

For candidates requesting accommodations based upon a psychological disability, NCEES requires documentation from a qualified professional that describes the impairment and its functional impact on the candidate. This documentation serves three purposes:

  • To establish that the candidate can be considered a person with a disability.
  • To supplement information from the candidate regarding the impact of his or her impairment(s).
  • To inform the determination of reasonable accommodations, when warranted, designed to facilitate equal access to the examination on a case-by-case basis.

Documentation needs to include:

  • A DSM-5 or ICD diagnosis of the psychological condition
  • A description of the current impact of the impairment on the candidate, with a specific focus on barriers that the candidate encounters in a testing environment
  • Information on any medications that the candidate is taking, if the medications affects the accommodations that a candidate may need

Documentation needs to be from a qualified healthcare provider and include the provider’s:

  • Contact information
  • License number
  • Signature or electronic signature

Documentation may include — but is not limited to — one or more of the following, as necessary to provide the information requested above:

  • NCEES Healthcare Provider Form
  • Letter on a qualified provider’s professional letterhead
  • Official summary or report from a visit to healthcare provider
  • Psycho-educational evaluation
  • Documentation of accommodations received in any academic context
  • Documentation of accommodations received in any employment context
  • Documentation of accommodations received on other standardized tests

Documentation should address your current functional limitations:

Documentation from your qualified professional generally should reflect an evaluation done within four (4) years of the date on which you submit your request for accommodations. Earlier documentation may also be submitted to supplement a more recent evaluation.

Documentation for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Overview

For candidates requesting accommodations based upon ADHD, NCEES requires documentation from a qualified professional that describes the impairment and its functional impact on the candidate. This documentation serves three purposes:

  • To establish that the candidate can be considered a person with a disability.
  • To supplement information from the candidate regarding the impact of the his or her impairment.
  • To inform the determination of reasonable accommodations, when warranted, designed to facilitate equal access to the examination on a case-by-case basis.

Documentation needs to include:

  • A DSM-5 or ICD diagnosis of ADHD (Assessments should be performed at the adult level, and should include a summary of assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis, including evaluation results and standardized test scores, if applicable)
  • A description of the current impact of the impairment on the candidate, with a specific focus on barriers that the candidate encounters in a testing environment
  • Information on any medications that the candidate is taking, if the medications affects the accommodations that a candidate may need

Documentation needs to be from a qualified healthcare provider and include the provider’s:

  • Contact information
  • License number
  • Signature or electronic signature

Documentation may include — but is not limited to – one or more of the following, as necessary to provide the information requested above:

  • NCEES Healthcare Provider Form
  • Letter on a qualified provider’s professional letterhead
  • Copies of any Section 504 Plan or IEP
  • K-12 Summaries of Performance
  • Psycho-educational evaluation (Psychometric test results from general measures of aptitude and academic achievement)
  • Documentation of accommodations received in any academic context
  • Documentation of accommodations received in any employment context
  • Documentation of accommodations received on other standardized tests

Documentation should address your current functional limitations:

Documentation from your qualified professional generally should reflect an evaluation done within five years of the date on which you submit your request for accommodations. Earlier documentation may also be submitted to supplement a more recent evaluation.

Because ADHD is a lifelong impairment that affects individuals in multiple domains (e.g., socially and academically), academic records can also be helpful in establishing a need for accommodations and may be submitted with your request for accommodations. Examples of such records include transcripts, report cards, letters from teachers, and score reports from other standardized tests.