Testing Accommodations

The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) provides reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for individuals with documented disabilities who demonstrate a need for reasonable accommodation. In accordance with the ADA, NWSA does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities in providing access to its examination program.

An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA to include someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (such as walking, seeing, hearing, or learning).

The purpose of reasonable accommodations is to provide equal access to NWSA examinations. Accommodations “match up” with the identified functional limitation so that the area of impairment is relieved with an auxiliary aid or an adjustment to the testing procedure. Functional limitation refers to the aspects of a disability that interfere with an individual’s ability to function; that is, what someone cannot do on a regular and continuing basis as a result of the disability.

The purpose of documentation is to validate that an applicant for reasonable testing accommodations is covered under the ADA as a disabled individual. Comprehensive information by a qualified professional is necessary to allow NWSA to understand the nature and extent of the applicant’s disability and the resulting functional impairment that limits access to its examinations. Documentation also allows NWSA to provide appropriate accommodations for such a disability.

NWSA will provide, without cost to the candidate, reasonable accommodations designed to facilitate equal access to its certifying examinations for those candidates whose documentation supports such a determination. In no case will accommodations be provide which would compromise the examination’s ability to test accurately the skills and knowledge it professes to measure. Similarly, no auxiliary aid or service will be provided that would fundamentally alter the examination or result in undue hardship.

NWSA strictly adheres to a policy of confidentiality and does not disclose names of applicants with disabilities or information concerning the application or accompanying documentation. Examinations administered with accommodations are not identified to third-party score recipients and are scored no differently than examinations of other applicants.

Arrangements for persons with disabilities will be provided upon approval. All requests for accommodations must be submitted by the applicant. In order to apply for accommodations please download the NWSA Accommodation Request Form and the NWSA Guidelines for Documenting a Request for Test Accommodations.

If you have any questions or need clarification please contact NWSA at (703) 459-9211.