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Department of Justice Posts New Testing Accommodations

The Department of Justice posted a new Testing Accommodations publication on the ada.gov site on September 8, 2015.

The publication addresses access to standardized examinations. The publication includes a good listing of possible accommodations and addresses some key topics such as defining “substantial limitations” and the entitlement of individuals with a history of academic success.

The most important sections of the document include a discussion of documentation standards and practices. It presents examples of types of documentation that is appropriate, e.g., recommendations of qualified professionals, proof of past testing accommodations, observations by educators, etc. Additionally, there is detailed discussion of many of the types of documentation listed. It is also significant that the publication includes a link to the model testing accommodation practices developed pursuant to the LSAC Consent Decree.

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