ARDMS provides reasonable testing accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the ADA, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Having a diagnosed impairment does not necessarily mean that an individual is disabled as defined by the ADA, and not all disabilities require test accommodations.
Test accommodations are adjustments or modifications of standard testing conditions designed to allow candidates with disabilities to take the examination without compromising its validity, providing an unfair advantage to disabled candidates or imposing undue burdens on ARDMS.
If you are an Applicant seeking accommodation, you must submit, along with your completed application:
- An original letter, dated within the past five years and typed on official letterhead, from a qualified physician or health provider who specializes in the disability. This letter must document the disability and its severity, describe the applicant’s limitation due to the disability, and state exactly what accommodations are recommended. The letter must contain an original signature and the physician’s or health professional’s credentials;
- An original, current, detailed, comprehensive medical evaluation/ report of the diagnosed disability from the physician or health professional, dated within the past five years; and
- A completed ARDMS Special Accommodations Questionnaire which must be submitted each time you apply for examination.
Review of applications containing a request to receive ADA accommodations may require an additional 30 days to be completed.
Documentation submitted by an applicant in support of a request is reviewed by ARDMS and may be forwarded to an independent medical expert for impartial professional review.
ARDMS may request additional documentation to support the request. All information will be kept confidential and will be used only to determine what, if any, test accommodations will be made.
Approved accommodations will be included in the Examination Confirmation Letter, sent to you via email and also available through MY ARDMS account, under “My Examinations/Application Status” found under the “Application Center” tab. The email will include the test vendor’s telephone number and you should call the test vendor to schedule an examination appointment with the approved accommodations.
Note: All supporting documentation must be received before processing. Incomplete or illegible applications or questionnaires may be refunded, minus the non-refundable examination processing fee per examination.