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CE Workshop: Effective Accommodations Requests for Students with Disabilities: Tips and Strategies
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Dr. Shapiro will provide an overview of the testing accommodations process and a roadmap for clinicians that includes a discussion of ADAAA and recent case law, agency- and disability-specific factors impacting testing and documentation, common misconceptions, and implications for twice-exceptional students.

6/13/2014
When: 6/13/2014
1:00pm-4:00pm
Where: GPA Office
13 Corporate Blvd. NE
Suite 220
Atlanta, Georgia  30329
United States
Presenter: Marla Shapiro, PhD
Contact: Amy Dietrich, Director of Continuing Education and Communications
404-634-6272


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Although disability status alone does not mean that accommodations are always necessary or appropriate, test-takers may be eligible for accommodations such as extended time when their disabilities are associated with significant functional limitations. Unfortunately, many applicants are denied accommodations because of documentation that failed to credibly document functional impairments, or assessments that failed to make the case for accommodations. Dr. Shapiro will provide an overview of the testing accommodations process and a roadmap for clinicians that includes a discussion of ADAAA and recent case law, agency- and disability-specific factors impacting testing and documentation, common misconceptions, and implications for twice-exceptional students.

Human differences: this workshop focuses on the learning-related needs of individuals with disabilities, including (but not limited to) twice-exceptional individuals.

CE Hours: 3

As a result of attending this presentation, learners will be able to:

  1. avoid the common pitfalls that can result in denials of accommodations requests by applying clinical, regulatory, and agency-specific standards to clinical evaluations;
  2. recognize how disability-specific characteristics can impede performance on particular high-stakes tests and apply this knowledge to individual clinical clients through case examples; and
  3. integrate disability diagnostic criteria with research, testing agency guidelines, and legal definitions to help structure comprehensive evaluations for individuals seeking testing accommodations.
About the Presenter:

Dr. Shapiro is a developmental neuropsychologist and nationally certified school psychologist. She has worked in a variety of settings that include universities, public schools, hospitals, and private practice. Areas of practice have also been varied, including NICHD funded grants in Atlanta, Boston, Toronto and New Haven focusing on language-based learning disabilities in children and adults, and in research and clinical settings with children and families with chronic illnesses like cancer and neurofibromatosis, developmental disabilities like LD, ADHD and Asperger’s, gifted and disabled students, and TBI’s. Her perspective on high-stakes testing is also colored by experiences in the testing industry, having worked for the AAMC as the Director of Accommodated Testing for the MCAT, and as a consultant to other testing agencies such as the College Board and ETS regarding disabilities determinations and definitions.

Registration Costs

Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before May 30, 2014 to receive this rate.)
  • $70: GPA Members
  • $20: Student GPA Members (Will not receive a CE certificate)
  • $130: Non-members
Registration (After May 30, 2014)
  • $80: GPA Members
  • $30: Student Members (Will not receive a CE certificate)
  • $140: Non-members
Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

Cancellation Policy:
Registrants must cancel within five (5) business days through Amy Dietrich only via email or phone (contacting other staff members/leadership does not guarantee your cancellation.) Email confirmations will be sent to callers who cancel via the phone. No faxes or mail cancellations will be accepted.
Cancellation Fee: $35

The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.