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Justice Department Files Report from Expert Panel Calling for Sweeping Changes to Bring Law School Admission Councils Testing Accommodation Procedures into Compliance with the ADA
February 4, 2015
Source: U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
The Justice Department filed a best practices report from an expert panel convened pursuant to the Consent Decree in Dept. of Fair Employment & Housing (DEFH) v. Law School Admission Council, Inc. (LSAC), Case No. 12-1830-EMC (N. D. Cal). The panel, consisting of experts in cognitive disabilities, the provision of testing accommodations, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), was charged with examining ten specific areas of LSACs testing accommodation practices and establishing, where needed, changes or "best practices" to bring LSAC into compliance with Title III of the ADA. The panels Best Practices Report requires sweeping changes to LSACs testing accommodation practices in each of the ten areas examined. For example, the Best Practices Report details the types of documentation that will be sufficient for various types of testing accommodations requests, outlines who should review testing accommodation requests and how the review should be conducted, and creates an appeals process for those candidates whose testing accommodation requests are denied. The timeline for LSACs implementation of the best practices depends on whether any of the parties challenge them in court.
For more information about the Best Practices Report in DFEH v. LSAC or the ADA, please visit our ADA website at http://www.ada.gov/ or you may also call the Justice Departments toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD).
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