Thursday, January 28, 2016

New Guidelines for Documents needed for SAT and ACT Accommodations

The US Department of Justice-Civil Rights Division-Disability Rights Section has recently published a clarification of the requirements that need to be met for Testing Accommodations on standardized examinations. This is important for students needing to receive accommodations on such exams as the ACT or SAT.  The guidelines clarify the documentation needed and require the response to request for testing accommodations to be completed in a timely manner.
The ADA lists the types of documentation that should be sufficient to support the request.
Examples of types of documentation include:
Recommendations of qualified professionals;
Proof of past testing accommodations;
Observations by educators;
Results of psycho-educational or other professional evaluations;
An applicant’s history of diagnosis; and
An applicant’s statement of his or her history regarding testing accommodations.
Read the full letter from the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) here-

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Al-anon helps!

If you are a parent of a teen or young adult who is using drugs or alcohol, going to an Al-Anon meeting can be a significant help for your own well-being, understanding and support. Often parents think that the substance use is “not that bad” but sometimes it is. And if you are worrying and concerned, then the use has probably escalated to the point it is impacting your family. There is hope and support. Consider taking that first step and going to an Al-Anon meeting.