Wednesday, October 28, 2009

LSAT - Medical Disability Accommodations

Aside from the usual accommodation calls related to learning disorders (some symptoms are dyslexia and dysgraphia); attention deficit disorders (ADHD subtypes impulsivity, hyperactivity and inattentive types.)

I've gotten several inquiry calls recently about accommodations for genetic disabilities; physical problems and neurological problems related to surgeries, past tumor removals etc.  The key component (aside from the Medical Doctor who documents the Medical ailment) is the impact of the ailment on the ability to take the LSAT. If all you are doing is documenting that you have a broken arm, or a tumor that was removed or whatever physical ailment that causes a problem, than you are leaving out how it affects the ability to take the test (quantified as a percentile ranking).  The psychoeducational assessment piece that identifies by percentile ranking, age equivalent and grade equivalent the person's performance level in relation to the average person is the other significant aspect of showing that a person has a disability in relation to taking the LSAT that stems from the physical or genetic problem and how (very precisely) it impacts different aspects of the exam. Usually I get the calls about the medical disability after they have already sent in just paperwork for the medical issue without any impact scores.  It is important to document the impact along with the actual medical disability!



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