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What Every TABE Administrator Should Know About Reasonable Accommodation for Students with Disabilities Documentation of Disability In order for any student to receive reasonable accommodation, inclusive of testing accommodations, the individual must demonstrate that s/he is a qualified person with a disability unless the disability is obvious (e.g. person who is blind, deaf, etc.). It is key to remember that the identification of necessary accommodations and/or adaptations is made to assist an individual with a disability overcome or work around barriers of a functional limitation imposed by the disability. The documentation should either show a history of previous testing accommodations recommendations for the use of testing accommodations or information that reasonably identifies barriers related to the disability that would suggest the need for testing accommodations (e.g. processing disorder, slower processing speed, fine motor difficulties, distractibility concerns, etc.). Typical sources for documentation of disability and/or need for testing accommodations include* Individualized Education Plan (IEP) 504 Plan (public schools, accommodations but no special education services) Psycho-educational reports Psychological assessments Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Assessments Medical Reports (Information has to support the need for accommodations related to testing. For example, perhaps the individual’s disability requires the use of a particular type of medication that causes the mouth to be excessively dry. That individual may need to have something to drink in the testing area if that is not typically allowed.) ***This list is not all inclusive. 1
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In circumstances when there is not enough time to acquire the required documentation as per the Reasonable Accommodations Guidelines, the disability coordinator may assist the student by obtaining verbal confirmation from a qualified professional * with hard copy documentation forthcoming. * * This conversation must be recorded on the request for accommodations form including the name of the professional, his or her title, the type of documentation forthcoming, the agency or organization he/she represents, and the date of the conversation. If the documentation is not readily forthcoming, the center should make further efforts to contact the organization or entity that provided the verbal confirmation to secure the necessary documentation. If center staff is unable to secure hard copy documentation, the verbal confirmation expires by the next TABE test (e.g. 90 days). Centers are also encouraged to have the applicant/student assessed locally for documentation of a disability if the center has resources to do so. [Please visit the Job Corps Disability website:
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