Kentucky Fire Commission will offer reasonable and appropriate accommodations for the written component of the IFSAC Accredited
Certification examination for those persons with documented disabilities.
The fire commission does not permit proctors or
guests to read an exam to a candidate.
Those persons requesting accommodations for the written component
of a certification examination must submit documented evidence of a learning disability. Appropriate documentation must be
submitted by the applicant and must be received 1 month prior to the examination.
Documentation of a specific
learning disability must include one of the following:
Evidence of a previously documented learning disability in reading decoding, reading
comprehension, or written expression. Such documentation is described as follows:
Diagnosis of a learning
disability in the area(s) of reading decoding, reading comprehension and/or written expression, based upon the results of
standardized psycho educational assessment including an Individually administered standardized measure of intelligence and
an individually administered standardized measure of achievement in reading decoding, reading comprehension and/or written
expression. All persons requesting special accommodations for the written examination will be required to submit
the scores obtained on individually standardized measures of intelligence and achievement. Both standard scores and grade
equivalent scores are required.
A learning disability diagnosis should be made by a qualified professional, according to the criteria outlined in
the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV; American Psychiatric Association, 1994).
The following should also be included in the
documentation: developmental and academic history, current cognitive functioning, thorough investigation of deficit areas;
reasonable consideration of alternative diagnosis and rationale for diagnosis.
Results of previous psycho educational evaluations
and IEPs (Individual Education Plan) will be helpful information to include. However, a recent evaluation (within the past
five years) must be included. If no such assessment has been conducted, then the applicant is responsible for obtaining such
documentation before any decision can be made by the Fire Commission regarding the applicant's request for special accommodations.
No person will be granted special
accommodation on the written examination if he/she does not meet the minimum standards for performance as determined by analysis
of the requirements of the job and as documented by standardized measures of aptitude and achievement. Please contact the
Fire Commission for further information regarding minimum standards of performance.
Types of Accommodations:
The types of accommodations which may be requested by persons qualifying
for special accommodations on the written examination due to documented learning disability in reading decoding and or reading
comprehension are as follows:
1. The Kentucky Fire Commission will permit those persons who qualify for special
accommodations on the written examination due to a documented learning disability in reading decoding, reading comprehension,
and/or written expression to take a recorded format of the examination and receive an extended amount
of time in which to complete the examination. Applicants selecting this option will receive 1.5 times the allotted
time to complete each exam.
Additional accommodations may be provided as appropriate.