Accommodations Handbook

Direct Access

Your student’s request may not require documentation submission. Check below to see if your request qualifies for Direct Access.

EMA has a firm commitment to facilitate the approval of all testing accommodations for students with disabilities without undue delay. In many cases, Direct Access allows us to approve your student’s request without needing to submit formal documentation. Please remember that valid documentation must always exist on file with your indicated approver and we reserve the right to request this documentation for review.

If your student’s request meets ALL THREE of the following criteria, you do NOT need to submit documentation when applying for testing accommodations:

A. Your student’s indicated approver is a representative from her/his school

B. The documentation your approver has on file is one of the following:

  • An Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • A Section 504 Accommodation Plan
  • A Private School Service Plan or other formal documentation outlining your student’s educational testing needs

C.   All requested testing accommodations are associated with your student’s disabilities (see association tables below)

*Important: During the application process, if your student’s disability or requested accommodations are listed as “other” they will be automatically deemed INELIGIBLE for Direct Access. This is because requests containing testing accommodations for low-incidence disabilities require more time for review and planning for the provision of testing accommodations.


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If you have any questions or concerns about your family's ability to provide anything needed for your student to complete testing, please contact EMA immediately and well in advance of your scheduled test date.

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