There are three important federal laws which apply directly to requests
for accommodations in educational and employment settings for adults.
As they apply to learning disabilities and ADHD the critical points across
the laws can be summarized as follows:
|IDEA: Individuals with Disability in Education Act||ADA: Adults with Disabilities Act||504 Vocational Rehabilitation Act and for more|
It is important to understand that GEDTS uses the concepts as defined by IDEA. The GED diploma is an educational credential and IDEA refers to an educational criteria equivalent to that one would obtain upon completion of high school. IDEA also mandates accommodations by looking at a pattern of relative strengths and weakness of a person. ADA mandates accommodations when a person's ability is significantly below average, or the norm. Since the GED pass rate is clearly within the normal range and one must, by law be reasonably expected to pass the test at this commensurate with this rate, by using the ADA definition, GEDTS would have a very limited range within which to approve accommodations. IDEA broadens the rate extensively since a person with potential significantly above average or even at average can be identified as having a disability for which accommodations are required if there is a relative weakness; i.e., if reading is significantly below overall potential and if an information processing dysfunction is evident. IDEA meets the standards of ADA but it expands upon them significantly in the area of education.
The majority of those who take the GED want to go on to college.
Many people take the GED as a step to a better job. For both those
who go on to college and for those who will seek employment, the GED must
make certain that test accommodations are provided within the guidelines
of the federal laws.
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