Americans with Disabilities Act

Qualifications for Testing Accommodationshandicap for Applicants with Disabilities

The American Board of Professional Psychology recognizes that psychologists with disabilities may wish to take the board certification examinations and will attempt to make accommodations for applicants with verified disabilities. The Board supports the intent of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The ABPP, will provide reasonable accommodations during testing to provide equal opportunity for persons with disabilities.  Applicants are reminded, however, that “auxiliary aids (and services) can only be offered if they do not fundamentally alter the measurement of skills or knowledge the examination is intended to test (Americans with Disabilities Act, Public Law 101-336 § 309 [b] [3]). To this extent, the Specialty Board will provide reasonable accommodations during testing to provide equal opportunity for persons with disabilities. Documentation requesting reasonable accommodations must identify a disability and provide a rationale for specified modifications to standard testing procedures.

Applicants who request accommodations because of a disability must advise the Specialty Board in writing no later than the deadline for submitting applications for examination.

All documentation and other evidence substantiating the disability must be submitted to the Specialty Board at least 30 days before the examination in question is conducted. Required documentation includes completion of the Application for Testing Accommodations and appropriate diagnostic letters or reports. All information and documentation provided regarding the disability and need for accommodation in testing will be treated in strict confidence.