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Appendix D

Accommodations for candidates with special needs


The following are a list of accommodations that you may consider when dealing with candidates with special needs. The list is not exhaustive and provides an overview of options that you may consider. The list is split into two categories, one for communicating in writing with candidates and the other for communicating in an oral fashion with candidates e.g. on the phone or face to face.

In general, it is worth remembering that the degree to which a disability affects a candidate may differ and this should be taken into account when making accommodations. It may also be useful to ask candidates what facilities they require and what accommodations have been provided to them in the past.

Disability Written Communication Oral Communication

Visual impairment

  • Braille
  • IT packages, e.g. Hal/Jaws/ Supernova
  • Large Print Material
  • Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)
  • Special lighting facilities
  • Use of a magnifier
  • No special accommodations are required when dealing with people on the phone.
  • In a ‘face to face’ environment it can be useful for people to clearly identify themselves before speaking. It is also a good idea to advise the candidate of the layout of the room and guide them appropriately.

Hearing impairment

  • No special accommodations are required when communicating in writing.
  • Sign Interpreter
  • Close proximity to assessor to facilitate lip reading
  • It can be useful to have flash cards available in case communication becomes difficult.

Speech Difficulties

  • No special accommodations are required when communicating in writing.
  • Candidates may need extra time in order to communicate their message effectively.

Dyslexia

  • Different coloured background paper and text.
  • Large print text
  • No special accommodations are required when communicating orally.

Motor disabilities

No special accommodations are required when communicating orally or in writing with people who have motor difficulties. However, easy access to the venue, toilets etc. are important. With some motor disabilities it may also be necessary to allow a little extra time and short rest periods if required.

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