Individuals with a physical disability, learning disability, or neurological condition which impedes their ability to take standardized tests may be eligible for testing accommodations or workplace acommodations. For an employee who has ADHD, the ADA act can require the employer to provide reasonable workplace accommodations, as long as it doesn’t create undue hardship for the business.
Testing accommodations are adaptations made to a regular testing environment - such as extended test-taking times or distraction-free rooms - that allow individuals with disabilities to demonstrate their aptitude on a given subject matter.
Both the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 permit testing accommodations in classroom settings and, in certain cases, accommodations for high-stakes testing such as state-level assessments and college admission exams.
Student disabilities must be well-documented by a qualified healthcare professional and submitted to the testing entity to qualify for academic accommodations. Dr. Tansman of Psychological Assessment Services can test for and document the existence of learning disabilities or neurological conditions that may result in modifications to you or your child’s testing environment.
Remember that in a workplace, an ADHD diagnosis alone does not constitute a disability and, therefore, would not require your employer to accommodate you. It is only by demonstrating that your diagnosis impairs your ability to perform your job functions effectively that it is deemed a disability, thereby requiring the employer to accommodate under the ADA.
There are many circumstances that may affect a student’s ability to take tests. The following is a list of disabilities which may warrant testing accommodations; this list is not all-inclusive nor does it imply that testing accommodations are automatically granted upon receiving a diagnosis of one of these medical conditions.
There is a wide-range of testing accommodations available which are dependent upon a person’s disability; these include:
However, there is no real limit to the range of academic accommodations that can be made for students with disabilities, so long as that student is not given an advantage over other students as a result of the testing modification. Some students with significant or severe learning disabilities may also be eligible to complete alternative grading evaluations rather than test taking.
Testing accommodations assure that all students, including those with learning disabilities and special needs, have fair and equal access to education and that educators receive accurate assessments of students’ knowledge on a given subject.
In addition, test accommodations help students with disabilities to feel more comfortable and confident with the test-taking process, alleviating stress and worry, and give students with disabilities a better chance at academic opportunities achieved through standardized testing.
Psychoeducational and neuropsychological evaluations are thorough assessments which can help determine whether you or your child are experiencing a learning disability or are afflicted with a neurological condition which is impacting testing success.
Dr. Tansman of Psychological Assessment Services has extensive experience as a licensed psychologist and can conduct psychoeducational evaluations in the privacy and comfort of her offices. Her evaluation can help lay the groundwork for a testing accommodation, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan eligibility.