ADA (Americans with Disability Act) protects disabled individuals from getting discriminated. They have the right to pursue equal opportunities just like other normal people. All test entities should conduct exams for a disabled person in a way that it’s accessible for them and if the need arises testing accommodations should be provided.
How ADA Is Formed
People with disabilities aren’t the ones that come up with the idea of ADA, this idea came from a group of business individuals, most of these business entities own big shopping malls, they heavily support the ADA creation and reform act of 2017. The ADA is a civil right act that protects and prevents disabled people from discrimination. Disabled persons face a lot of discrimination in the society and there is the need to come up with this act so that they can fit in the society to perform various activities with ease just like every other human being.
A lot of education reforms have been formed that ensure that disabled people can access different facilities. When it comes to educational training they must be provided with the right facilities that allow persons to undergo such training. The new reform act of 2017 is also called the HR 620. This is a bill that was passed by the Congress in order to allow disabled persons to find and report any violations ADA rights.
These changes address problems that have been around for the past 20 years, and the new updates added are meant to offer more protection to disabled persons. The new changes are published to offer more technical assistance pertaining to testing accommodation for people with disability when taking standard exams.
Any exam that will be administered by state or local government and any private entity which is related to certification, licensing, applications, credentialing for postsecondary or secondary education is covered by testing accommodations and ADA.
Exams Covered Include;
- High school-equivalency exams like GED.
- High school-entrance exams like the SSAT or ISEE.
- College-entrance exams like SAT or ACT.
- Entry exams into professional schools such as MCAT and LSAT.
- Exams for admission into a graduate school like GRE or GMAT.
What Testing Accommodations Are All About
These are changes to the normal testing environment and other auxiliary aids that give disabled individuals the freedom to show their aptitude and achievement level on standard examinations.
Testing Accommodations – Who Is Eligible?
Any disabled person is qualified to receive all the mandatory testing accommodations. But before we go further who is considered as a disabled person? According to ADA a disabled person is someone that has metal or physical impairment that restricts him from doing various life activities like other normal people like hearing, seeing, reading, learning, and concentration. Knowing whether an individual has a disability or not, doesn’t require extensive analysis.
Disabled persons can be sorted out in any society even if they’re not physically disabled; when you start to interact with them you know they’re not like other human beings. Such people have to be given special attention and they must be provided with special equipment that will help them pass through any testing process.
Disabled persons are not to be discriminated by any means; they have equal rights just every other citizen. Discriminating disabled person is subject to legal prosecution and should be avoided at all cost. Must people discriminate disabled persons without even knowing it, they believe that’s what they deserve, but that’s not true, you can’t treat disabled person any way you want.
What Do You Do When You’re Discriminated?
As a disabled person when you’re discriminated you have to take proper action against the offender. First is to let him know that he has violated your rights and there is the need to correct his wrongdoings if there are damages that you incur you should ask the offender to compensate.
If things go out of hand you should then gather all the evidence you have and proceed to report to the proper authorities or the best way to go around this is to hire a lawyer that can help you make a lawsuit. If you’re facing discrimination due to your disability or you have a loved one that’s facing discrimination you can contact us at Massey & Duffy to get all the help you need.