Accommodation for persons with disabilities
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During the assessment stage of a selection process, accommodation is designed to remove obstacles that are presented by the method of testing, without modifying the nature or level of the qualification that is being evaluated. Accommodation during testing can include such things as provision of sign language interpreters, information in alternative formats, reader services, technical support or attendant services.
As an applicant, you have an essential role to play in the process of determining assessment accommodation. You have responsibilities in the following areas:
- Communicating your need for assessment accommodation to the person in charge of the appointment process; and
- Discussing your accommodation needs with those responsible for determining the accommodation for the assessment. More specifically:
- Providing information on the nature and extent of your specific functional limitations (please see Standards for Professional Documentation); and
- Providing input on your experience with the appropriateness of any past accommodation.
Information on the nature and extent of functional limitations is essential to establishing proper assessment accommodation. In a situation where a person is unwilling to share this essential information, it may not be possible to provide the most appropriate accommodation.
Making a request for accommodation
Make a request for accommodation directly to the organization to which you are applying for a job. The person to contact may vary depending on the organization, but it is usually the human resources (HR) advisor responsible for the hiring process, the hiring manager or, sometimes, an HR representative who specializes in diversity.
Please note that the procedure for requesting accommodation on a Second Language Evaluation test is the same as for any other test.
If you would like more information, visit Understanding the duty to accommodate during an assessment process in the federal public service.
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