Special Accommodations – ADA

Please click here for information and technical assistance on the ADA.

The two sets of documents required for testing accommodations should be submitted prior to your exam application being approved by the Illinois Board of Examiners (ILBOE).  Please click here for the forms.

Please be advised that once approved, you will need to select “Y” in response to the ADA question on every exam application submitted in order to receive avoid any delay in adding them to the Notice to Schedule (NTS) generated by NASBA.

If your NTS does not display your accommodations, please contact the Help Desk at help@ilboe.org  

The ILBOE recognizes its responsibilities under Title II of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable, appropriate and effective accommodations, including auxiliary aids to qualified examination candidates with disabilities.

A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment, limitation and/or restriction that substantially hinders one or more of the major life activities of an individual.   

An impairment is a problem in body function or structure, an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action and a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations: Physical impairment is a disability that limits a person’s physical capacity to move, coordinate actions or perform physical activities. It is also accompanied by difficulties in one or more of the following areas: physical and motor tasks, independent movement; performing daily living functions.

  1. Physical impairment is a disability that limits a person’s physical capacity to move, coordinate actions or perform physical activities. It is also accompanied by difficulties in one or more of the following areas: physical and motor tasks, independent movement; performing daily living functions.
  2. Mental impairment includes any mental or psychological disorder such as organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness and specific learning disabilities.
  3. A learning disability is further defined as individual evidence of significant learning problems, which substantially affect or limit one or more major life activities and that are not primarily due to cultural, conditional, or motivational factors.

The individual must demonstrate a) at least average overall intellectual functioning and b) show evidence of a significant impairment in one or more of the following areas of intellectual functioning:

  • Cognition (Thinking)
  • Difficulty to attend and concentrate
  • Expression
  • Memory (Ability for new learning)
  • Reception (Perception and Verbal Comprehension)

Significant impairment is generally determined by a discrepancy of 1.5 standard deviations between the individual’s expected level of achievement and actual performance on reliable standardized measures of attention and concentration, memory, language reception and experience, cognition, reading, spelling, writing, and mathematics.

Further, determination of the learning disability shall be based on reliable standardized psychometric tests and a clinical history including medical, family education and occupational information.

If a candidate seeks an accommodation, the candidate has the responsibility to make the request and provide all documentation of the need for accommodation by the application deadlines established for all applicants. The information supplied to substantiate a candidate’s request for an accommodation will be kept confidential to the extent provided by law.

The ILBOE will evaluate each request individually in accordance with the guidelines set forth herein, in order to provide appropriate and effective accommodation. Any request for accommodation as well as supporting documentation supplied must be submitted to the Board on the forms prescribed by the Board.

ADA Special Accommodations

Getting Started?

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